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By Larry Anderson

ISBN-10: 0801869021

ISBN-13: 9780801869020

Planner and originator of the Appalachian path and a cofounder of the wasteland Society, Benton MacKaye (1879-1975) used to be a pioneer in linking the thoughts of protection and activity. Spanning three-quarters of a century, his lengthy and effective occupation had a big impression on rising hobbies in conservation, environmentalism, and neighborhood making plans. MacKaye's seminal principles on open air game, desert safety, land-use making plans, group improvement, and transportation have encouraged generations of activists, execs, and adventurers trying to strike a harmonious stability among human desire and the average environment.This pathbreaking biography offers the 1st whole portrait of this crucial and certain determine in American environmental, highbrow, and cultural historical past. Drawing on broad examine, Larry Anderson lines MacKaye's wide profession, examines his many released works, and describes the significance of MacKaye's relationships with such influential figures as Lewis Mumford, Aldo Leopold, and Walter Lippmann. This ebook will attract scholars, students, and pros in protection, conservation, activity, making plans, and American reviews, in addition to common readers drawn to those topics.

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Throughout his life, MacKaye’s principal source of reference on matters geological and geographical was a densely annotated copy of Davis’s elementary 1899 text, Physical Geography. ”15 Benton looked forward to the weekly evening “geological conference” held in the basement of the Agassiz Museum, where a handful of students could mingle with the professors in Harvard’s well-regarded geology department and listen to debates about current theories of geology, evolution, and other scientific fields.

46 Benton saw little of his father during these years. “You have been gone so long I would hardly know you from Adam,” Benton wrote his father plaintively from Shirley in July of 1892. The melancholy boy also expressed to Steele a desire to “get a job in some telegraph office . . ”47 Benton grew up traveling on the railroads as the family shuttled about the northeastern states. When members of the family planned their journeys and rendezvous, they often turned to Benton to plan the least expensive and most expeditious itineraries.

On one side Mt. Washington would emerge now and then from a cloud, on another, to the northwest, the Franconia range was seen through Carrigain Notch; to the northeast I could see over into Maine, and on the south away in the distance I could make out the hills of old Massachusetts. 28 ^ By the time he graduated, MacKaye had augmented his studies under Shaler and Davis with courses in other physical sciences, including astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and glacial geology. Under Albert Bushnell Hart, he studied the constitutional and political history of the United States from 1781 to 1868, an era he would return to repeatedly in developing a rationale for reorganizing the nation’s political framework along what he saw as more rational biogeographical grounds.

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