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American Earth - Table of Contents
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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Al Gore xvii

Introduction xxi

Henry David Thoreau

from Journals 2
from Walden; or, Life in the Woods 9
from Huckleberries 26

George Catlin

from Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs,
and Condition of the North American Indians

Lydia Huntley Sigourney

Fallen Forests 46

Susan Fenimore Cooper

from Rural Hours 48
Table Rock Album 59

Walt Whitman

from Leaves of Grass This Compost 62
Song of the Redwood-Tree 65

George Perkins Marsh

from Man and Nature 71

P. T. Barnum

from The Humbugs of the World 81

John Muir

from A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf 85
A Wind-Storm in the Forests 89
from My First Summer in the Sierra 98
Hetch Hetchy Valley 104

W.H.H. Murray

from Adventures in the Wilderness 113

Frederick Law Olmsted

from A Review of Recent Changes, and Changes Which
Have Been Projected, in the Plans of the Central Park

J. Sterling Morton

About Trees 126

Theodore Roosevelt

To Frank Michler Chapman 130
To John Burroughs 131
Speech at Grand Canyon, Arizona, May 6, 1903 132

Mary Austin

The Scavengers 134

Nathaniel Southgate Shaler

from Man and the Earth 140

John Burroughs

The Art of Seeing Things 146
The Grist of the Gods 159
Nature Near Home 168

Gifford Pinchot

Prosperity 173

William T. Hornaday

The Bird Tragedy on Laysan Island 181

Theodore Dreiser

A Certain Oil Refinery 186

Gene Stratton-Porter

The Last Passenger Pigeon 192

Henry Beston

Orion Rises on the Dunes 205

Benton MacKaye

The Indigenous and the Metropolitan 209

J. N. “Ding”

Darling “What a few more seasons will do to the ducks”  224

Robert Marshall

from Wintertrip into New Country 225
Don Marquis what the ants are saying 235

Caroline Henderson

Letter from the Dust Bowl 239

Donald Culross Peattie

Birds That Are New Yorkers 245

Robinson Jeffers

The Answer 251
Carmel Point 252

John Steinbeck

from The Grapes of Wrath 254

Woody Guthrie

This Land Is Your Land  258

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

from The Everglades: River of Grass 260

Aldo Leopold

from A Sand County Almanac 266

Berton Roueché

The Fog 295

Edwin Way Teale

The Longest Day 313

Helen and Scott Nearing

from Living the Good Life 318

Sigurd F. Olson

Northern Lights 323

E. B. White

Sootfall and Fallout 327

Loren Eiseley

How Flowers Changed the World 337

William O. Douglas

from My Wilderness: The Pacific West 348
Dissent in Sierra Club v. Morton 355

Jane Jacobs

from The Death and Life of Great America Cities 359

Rachel Carson

from Silent Spring 366

Russell Baker

The Great Paver 377

Eliot Porter

The Living Canyon 380

Howard Zahniser

from The Wilderness Act of 1964 392

Lyndon B. Johnson

Remarks at the Signing of the Highway Beautification Act of 1965 395

Kenneth E. Boulding

from The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth 399

Lynn White Jr.

On the Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis 405

Edward Abbey

Polemic: Industrial Tourism and the National Parks 413

Paul R. Ehrlich

from The Population Bomb 434

Garrett Hardin

from The Tragedy of the Commons 438

Philip K. Dickfrom

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 451

Colin Fletcher

A Sample Day in the Kitchen 454

R. Buckminster

Fuller Spaceship Earth 464

Stephanie Mills

Mills College Valedictory Address 469

Gary Snyder

Smokey the Bear Sutra 473
Covers the Ground 477

Denis Hayes

The Beginning 480

Joseph Lelyveld

Millions Join Earth Day Observances Across the Nation 484

Joni Mitchell & Marvin Gaye

Big Yellow Taxi 490
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) 491

John McPhee

from Encounters with the Archdruid 493
Friends of the Earth from Only One Earth 500

Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front 505
The Making of a Marginal Farm 507
Preserving Wildness 516

Annie Dillard

Fecundity 531

Lewis Thomas

The World’s Biggest Membrane 550

David R. Brower

The Third Planet: Operating Instructions 555

Amory B. Lovins

from Energy Strategy: The Road Not Taken? 559

N. Scott Momaday

A First American Views His Land 570

Leslie Marmon Silko

from Ceremony 582

R. Crumb

A Short History of America 591

Wes Jackson

Outside the Solar Village: One Utopian Farm 595

Lois Marie Gibbs

from Love Canal: My Story 609

Jonathan Schell

from The Fate of the Earth 622

William Cronon

Seasons of Want and Plenty 632

Alice Walker

Everything Is a Human Being 659

E. O. Wilson

Bernhardsdorp 671

César Chávez

Wrath of Grapes Boycott Speech 690

Barry Lopez

A Presentation of Whales 696

W. S. Merwin

Place 716

Bill McKibben

from The End of Nature 718

Robert D. Bullard

from Dumping in Dixie 725

Mary Oliver

The Summer Day 737

Terry Tempest Williams

from Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place 739

Rick Bass

from The Ninemile Wolves 760

Alan Durning

The Dubious Rewards of Consumption 770

Scott Russell Sanders

After the Flood 781

George B. Schaller

from The Last Panda 790

Ellen Meloy

The Flora and Fauna of Las Vegas 793

Linda Hogan

Dwellings 809

David Abram

from The Ecology of Magic 815

Jack Turner

The Song of the White Pelican 835

Carl Anthony & Renée Soule

A Multicultural Approach to Ecopsychology 849

Al Gore

Speech at the Kyoto Climate Change Conference 855

Richard Nelson

from Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in America 860

David Quammen

Planet of Weeds 874

Janisse Ray

from Ecology of a Cracker Childhood 898

Julia Butterfly Hill

from The Legacy of Luna 907

Calvin B. DeWitt

from Inspirations for Sustaining Life on Earth 920
Greeting Friends in Their Andean Gardens Sandra Steingraber from Having Faith 929

Barbara Kingsolver

Knowing Our Place 939

Michael Pollan

from The Omnivore’s Dilemma 948

Paul Hawken

from Blessed Unrest 961

Rebecca Solnit

The Thoreau Problem 971

Chronology 997

Note on the Illustrations 1005

Sources and Acknowledgments 1015

Index 1025