The American Environment Revisited: Environmental Historical Geographies of the United States

  • Edited by Geoffrey L. Buckley and Yolonda Youngs.
  • Includes a chapter by Yolonda Youngs. “Chapter 4: Wild, Unpredictable, and Dangerous: A Historical Geography of Hazards and Risks in U.S. National Parks”
  • Seventeen chapters  plus seventy four images and maps, a preface by Craig E. Colten and Lary M. Dilsaver and introduction, and an afterword by Dr. William Wyckoff.

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A robust reminder of how the ‘environmental turn’ has transformed historical geography, integrating nature, in complex and subtle ways, into stories about how places and people have changed over time. The result is the creation of yet another disciplinary classic. . . .The essays are empirically rich, theoretically informed, and grounded in narratives about particular places and how they have changed over time. . . . The volume’s impressive array of contributors will be a ‘Who’s Who List’ of dominant thinkers and writers in this field for a long time to come. We are fortunate that Buckley and Youngs have brought them together in this impressive new volume, and their collective effort should go a long way to continue energizing a vibrant, growing subfield within the discipline.
— William Wyckoff, Montana State University (from the afterword)

This innovative book provides a dynamic—and often surprising—view of the range of environmental issues facing the United States today. A distinguished group of scholars examines the growing temporal, spatial, and thematic breadth of topics historical geographers are now exploring. Seventeen original chapters examine topics such as forest conservation, mining landscapes, urban environment justice, solid waste, exotic species, environmental photography, national and state park management, recreation and tourism, and pest control. Commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the seminal work The American Environment: Interpretations of Past Geographies, the book clearly show much has changed since 1992. Indeed, not only has the range of issues expanded, but increasing number of geographers are forging links with environmental historians, promoting a level of intellectual cross-fertilization that benefits both disciplines. As a result, environmental historical geographies today are richer and more diverse than ever. The American Environment Revisited offers a comprehensive overview that gives both specialist and general readers a fascinating look at our changing relationships with nature over time.

By exploring the complex links between humans and nature, the intriguing case studies in this landmark collection offer surprising and valuable insight into humanity’s role in shaping the world.
— Graeme Wynn, emeritus, University of British Columbia

Essential reading! Buckley and Youngs have assembled a powerful collection of work by the nation’s leading scholars in environmental historical geography. Like this volume’s namesake, The American Environment Revisited is certain to influence an entire generation of students and scholars wishing to explore the intersection of nature, geography, and history. Offering critical insights on topics ranging from invasive species to pesticide risk and from urban land use disputes to public land accessibility, these essays provide a snapshot of the current breadth and depth of the field. Academically robust, yet thoroughly engaging and highly readable, this is a must-read resource for anyone seeking a contextualized understanding of the nation’s environment.
— Randall Wilson, Gettysburg College