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Prairie Dreams: A Human and Natural History of North America's Great Plains

By: Andrew Stoddart

Andrew Stoddart (privately published)

Paperback | Dec 2011 | #191862 | ISBN-13: 9781456590185
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Prairie Dreams is an environmental history of the Great Plains, a history of the interaction between European culture and the North American grasslands. It argues that the stories of man and nature on the Plains are inextricably linked and that the development of a more ethical, conservation-focused future for the region must draw on a more complete and connected understanding of both its human and natural history.

This history, though, is not just a story of physical change, of ranching, settlement, landscape transformation and wildlife extinction. It is also the story of our values, morals and ideology, of our mental relationship with the natural world, of how we imagine and understand a land and how it is shaped by our cultures and traditions. The Great Plains have been, and remain, a place for projecting our dreams and for discovering ourselves, who we are and what we value most. Their history is an inescapable parable of our relationship with the land.


Prologue: The Nature of History
1.World of Grass
2.Native America
3.First Contact
4.Highway to the Pacific
5.The Great American Desert
6.The Age of Reason
7.Westward I Go Free
8.The Shining Mountains
9.Monarch of the Plains
10.The Cattle Kingdom
11.A Newer Garden of Creation
12.Make Way for the Plowman!
13.Settler, Plow at Your Peril!
14.Little House on the Prairie
15.The Great Desolation
16.The Memory of Life
17.Wise Use
18.The Conquest of Arid America
19.More Wheat!
20.Dust Bowl
21.The Harmony of Nature
22.From Dust to Dust
23.State of the Grasslands
24.Conservation in Crisis
25.New Dreams
26.River of Cranes
Epilogue: Coming Home

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Andrew Stoddart is a professional birdwatcher and writer living in Norfolk, England. He has also written "The Birds of Blakeney Point".

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