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Nature, Business, and Community in North Carolina's Green Swamp

By: Tycho De Boer

296 pages, illustrations

University Press of Florida

Hardback | Nov 2008 | #194973 | ISBN-13: 9780813032481
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This environmental history underscores the uneasy balance between conservation and commerce. By using North Carolina's Green Swamp as a case study, Tycho de Boer illustrates the struggle of a rural area trying to preserve its natural environment while encouraging economic growth.

De Boer highlights the complex relationship between the swamp, located in the extreme southeast corner of the state, local inhabitants, and outside entrepreneurs. He traces the growth of agriculture and the turpentine and lumber industries from the mid-seventeenth century to the present, and examines their impact, including the destruction of longleaf pine forests.

Yet he also reveals how businesses in this region took a leading role in managing the environment. What emerges is an understanding of the complex intersections between nature, business, and community. "Nature, Business, and Community in North Carolina's Green Swamp" is a history of a rare natural environment and its transformation that demonstrates how communal values and practices individuals can mitigate--and often have mitigated--the damage capitalist interests inflict on the world.

This useful study may suggest pitfalls and paths forward in other regions of the U.S.
- Choice

"The history of a rare natural environment and its transformation, a demonstration of how communal values and individual practice can mitigate the damage capitalist interests inflict on the natural world." - Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment

"Richly detailed and carefully researched, shedding light not only on its subject area, but also on land-use issues elsewhere and on broader questions of capitalism, conservation, environmentalism, and local control. It deserves to be widely read."
- The Journal of American History

"Richly detailed and carefully researched, shedding light not only on its subject area, but also on land-use issues elsewhere and on broader questions of capitalism, conservation, environmentalism, and local control. It deserves to be widely read."
- The Journal of American History

"With impressive research an innovative theoretical approach, Nature, Business, and Community in North Carolina's Green Swamp is a valuable addition to the rapidly expanding field of southern environmental history." Journal of Southern History


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Biography

Tycho de Boer is assistant professor of history at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

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