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The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

According to the site's author, "The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920 documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage, through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress. The collection consists of 62 books and pamphlets, 140 Federal statutes and Congressional resolutions, 34 additional legislative documents, excerpts from the Congressional Globe and the Congressional Record, 360 Presidential proclamations, 170 prints and photographs, 2 historic manuscripts, and 2 motion pictures."  It also has "critical thinking" exercises

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Sue Patrick
Sue Patrick (Faculty)
7 years ago

This site was reviewed in the Journal of American History, and the reviewer believed that using the site would be rewarding for "students, teachers, and scholars who dig into it in search of documentary evidence for why, in the midst of the Industrial Revolution, Americans from all walks of life began to argue for the conservation of natural resources, preservation of scenic landscapes, and protection of wildlife habitats."  She also indicates that the site ranges from an 1847 address by George Perkins Marsh to the 1920 Federal Water Power Act, so you should not expect information about the modern environmental movement here, as its title indicates.