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The Quiet Crisis by Stewart L. Udall, John F. Kennedy

By Stewart L. Udall, John F. Kennedy

A landmark e-book within the background of the ecology/environmental move within the usa, unfortunately released within the month of JFK's assassination, with this printing released the following month after he used to be killed.

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Beaver plews sold for six dollars apiece in peak years, and a good trapper could make one thousand dollars a season. But at the summer rendezvous the fur companies charged outrageous prices for supplies hauled in from St. Louis, and most of the time the trappers decided to stay on another year in the high country and hope for a bumper harvest. A few cleaned up, and John Jacob Astor, running part of ~ the show from b~ck East, became the richest man in America because he knew how to organize the extermination of the beaver.

Thoreau developed for the land a more explicit and all-consuming reverence than his predecessors. " Thoreau was one of our nrst preservationists. He believed that some landscapes should be left unspoiled and that animals should have inviolate places of refuge. " He protested destruction of landscapes and wildlife. Appalled by the work of dam builders on the Concord, he wrote an impassioned appeal for the shad: "Poor shad, where is thy redress . . " And on viewing the forest waste in the logging camps of Maine, he exclaimed: "It is the poet ...

The nation had had two symbols of solitude, the forest and the prairies; now it had a third, the mountains. This was the arid country, the land of little rain; the Americans had not known drouth. It was the dead country; they had known only fecundity. It was the open country; they had moved through the forests, past the oak openings to the high prairie grass, It was the country of intense sun; they had always had shade The White Indians 45 to hide in. The wilderness they had crossed had been a passive wilderness, its ferocity without passion and only loosed when one blundered; but this was an aggressive wilderness, its ferocity came out to meet you and the conditions of survival required a whole new technique.

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