The Republic of Nature
Mark Fiege presents “an environmental history of the United States” that shows how important a role nature has played in shaping what is conventionally understood as human history. He demonstrates how the divisions in the ways Americans think about what is “natural” affect the social and political policies that we champion. Fiege makes a powerful case for always asking the question “How does nature matter?” when thinking about any present or historical issue or social policy.
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