DeVoto's West: history, conservation, and the public good

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Social commentator and preeminent Western historian Bernard DeVoto vigorously defended public lands in the West against commercial interests. At his death in 1955, DeVoto had won both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes. But he was most famous for his eloquent writing that advocated conservation of America's prairies, rangeland, forests, mountains, canyons, and deserts.DeVoto's West: Essays on History, Conservation, and the Public Good showcases the complexity, depth, and breadth of DeVoto's thinking. Editor Edward K. Muller introduces these twenty-two essays (many of which originally appeared in Harper's renowned column The Easy Chair) that passionately and coherently advocate federal control for vast tracts of public land. DeVoto addressed many issues, including the plundering of resources by absentee eastern corporations, Westerners' conflicted relationship to exploitation, and the degradation of the national parks. He believed that conservation of natural resources in the West required government control of public lands against livestock associations, timber interests, and their congressional allies who plotted the privatization of the national forests and the extraction of resources in the national parks. DeVoto's West collects the best of DeVoto's conservation pieces for the first time. It will introduce a new generation to prose that has retained its relevance and remains a remarkably current and timely argument for protecting public lands. Bernard DeVoto was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1897. He spent his adult life in the East, first teaching English at Northwestern University, Chicago, then living in New York, and finally settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the subject of an acclaimed biography, The Uneasy Chair, by Wallace Stegner.
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ils:.b25780517BookBooksEnglishSwallow Press/Ohio University Press, [2005]xxxv, 275 pages ; 23 cm.
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subject_facetCommon good
Conservation of natural resources -- West (U.S.)
Environmental degradation -- West (U.S.)
Environmental protection -- West (U.S.)
Public lands -- West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) -- Description and travel
West (U.S.) -- Environmental conditions
West (U.S.) -- History
title_displayDeVoto's West : history, conservation, and the public good
title_fullDeVoto's West : history, conservation, and the public good / Bernard DeVoto ; edited by Edward K. Muller
title_shortDeVoto's West
title_subhistory, conservation, and the public good
topic_facetCommon good
Conservation of natural resources
Description and travel
Environmental conditions
Environmental degradation
Environmental protection
Public lands