HIST 252: Transformation of the American Environment

This course examines the relationship of environment (and environmental change) to American history. Topics include the growth of urban industrial areas and the transformation of rural hinterlands, the effect of transportation technologies (e.g. railroads and automobiles) on land use, the conflict between “environmental protection” and “conservation” as exemplified in the progressive era battle over construction of Hetch Hetchy Dam in Yosemite National Park, and the environmental movement of the 1960-1970s. [SS] Prof. Jackson