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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2007

HIS 350L • Enviro Hist of United States-W

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Course Description

The course will examine the relationship between human beings and the environment from a historical perspective. Each week students will read books and articles that consider different environmental topics, including the work of Rachel Carson (Silent Spring), the dust bowl of the 1930s, the conservation movement of the early 20th century, the impact of suburbanization on the environment, the modern environmental movement, and the environment and Native Americans.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American History.

Grading Policy

Students will write a two-page summary of the assigned readings for each week of the semester, and they will be free to pick three weeks for which they do not turn in a paper. Papers will count 65% of a student's grade. Class discussion will count for 35% of a students grade.


William Cronan, Changes in the Land. Susan Strasser, Waste and Want. Shepard Krech, The Ecological Indian: Myth and History. Doand Worster, Dust Bowl. Rachel Carson, Silent Spring. Adam Rome, The Bulldozer and the Countryside. William Cronan, Nature's Metropolis. Andrew Hurley, Environmental Equalities.


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