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The Lumbermans Frontier: Three Centuries of Land Use, Society, and Change in Americas Forests Thomas R. Cox

The Lumbermans Frontier: Three Centuries of Land Use, Society, and Change in Americas Forests

Thomas R. Cox

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ISBN : 9780870715792
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560 pages
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With The Lumbermans Frontier, Thomas Cox has reconstructed a groundbreaking history that stands apart from all previous studies of American forests. Forests were ubiquitous in early America, but it was only in selected areas that trees, rather thanMoreWith The Lumbermans Frontier, Thomas Cox has reconstructed a groundbreaking history that stands apart from all previous studies of American forests. Forests were ubiquitous in early America, but it was only in selected areas that trees, rather than farming, attracted settlement. These areas constitute the lumbermans frontier, which appeared first in northern New England in the seventeenth century, followed by upstate New York, the Allegheny Plateau, the upper Great Lakes states, the Gulf South, and the Far West. The forest frontiers generated capital and building materials important in the nations development, but they also left a legacy of environmental problems, class and urban-rural divisions, and economic frictions. The 1930s marked the end of the lumbermans frontier, but these consequences continue to shape attitudes and policies toward forests, most notably the questions Whose forests are they? and How and by whom should forests be used? Drawing upon recent work in social and economic history, as well as a wealth of historical data on forest industries and individuals, The Lumbermans Frontier neither glorifies economic development nor falls into the maw of gloom-and-doom. It puts individual actors at center stage, allowing the points of view of the workers and lumbermen to emerge. The Lumbermans Frontier will appeal to students and scholars of forestry, public policy, and environmental history, as well as to general readers interested in the history and settlement of the United States.