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Nature's Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology

Mark V. Barrow Jr.


The rapid growth of the American environmental movement in recent decades obscures the fact that long before the first Earth Day and the passage of the Endangered Species Act, naturalists and concerned citizens recognized—and worried about—the problem of human-caused extinction. This book shows that the threat of species loss has haunted Americans since the early days of the republic. From the time of Thomas Jefferson through the pioneering conservation efforts of early naturalists like John James Audubon and John Muir, the book shows how Americans came to understand that it was not only possi ... More

Keywords: environmental movement, Earth Day, Endangered Species Act, extinction, Thomas Jefferson, James Audubon, John Muir, endangered species, conservation, species loss

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226038148
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226038155.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark V. Barrow Jr., author