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HIST 4704 "This Land is Your Land": U.S. Environmental History (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This courses surveys main themes and events in the environmental history of the United States. We move forward from colonial-era differences in land use through contemporary environmental debates. We ask how American communities have used, defined, and fought over places and resources, from bison herds to nuclear stockpiles. We investigate intriguing aspects of our local Massachusetts environment: the Emerald Necklace of parks, the brass hoof prints of Harvard Square, even our nearby reservoir. No background in history is necessary to thrive in this class. Students in the sciences are welcome.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Conevery Valencius

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II

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Last Updated: 28-Jan-16