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Crisis of the Wasteful NationEmpire and Conservation in Theodore Roosevelt's America$
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Ian Tyrrell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226197760

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226197937.001.0001

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Conservation, Scenery, and the Sustainability of Nature

Conservation, Scenery, and the Sustainability of Nature

(p.145) Eight Conservation, Scenery, and the Sustainability of Nature
Crisis of the Wasteful Nation

Ian Tyrrel

University of Chicago Press

Contextualizes Roosevelt’s role as the creator of national parks, wildlife refuges, and national monuments; shows important political connections with Representatives John F. Lacey and others in fostering the conservation agenda; addresses the neglected role of the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society and its officials links with Roosevelt, and its alliance with the American Civic Association led by Horace McFarland. Examines the transfer of lobbying tactics from moral reform and missionary support groups to conservation. Emphasizes the role of scenic beauty in conservation and its relationship with a critique of the aesthetic and moral impacts of industrial society; examines the hitherto neglected importance of the international campaign for preservation of Niagara Falls and its impact on conservation strategies and tactics. Documents the roles of the Hetch-Hetchy Valley dam proposap, international park models, and tourism competition in spurring systemic national park policy and development.

Keywords:   national parks and monuments, Niagara Falls, American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society, Horace McFarland, American Civic Association, scenic beauty, wildlife protection, sustainability

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