This course explores the environmental history of early America and the
United States from the end of the last ice age (c. 12,500 years ago) to the
present. It examines the role played by nature as an historical agent as
well as the relationship between human communities and the physical and
organic environment. Course themes include evolving land use, the
environmental significance of industrial capitalism, urban public health,
resource conservation and wilderness protection, the impact of ecology on
public consciousness, as well as environmentalism.