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Communicating Environmental Patriotism : A Rhetorical History of the American Environmental Movement.

By: Todd, Anne Marie.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Routledge Explorations in Environmental Studies: Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2013Copyright date: ©2013Description: 1 online resource (386 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781134075393.Subject(s): Environmental policy -- United States | Environmental protection -- United States | Environmentalism -- Political aspects -- United States | Environmentalism -- United States -- History | Patriotism -- United States -- History | United States -- Environmental conditionsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Communicating Environmental Patriotism : A Rhetorical History of the American Environmental MovementDDC classification: 320.447049 LOC classification: GE197 -- .T64 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- List of figures -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- Turning to rhetoric -- Rhetorical history -- Early history of environmental patriotism in America -- Environmental patriotism in twentieth century America -- 2. See America First and aesthetic patriotism -- "The priceless heritage of scenic splendor": The beauty of American landscape -- "Ribbons of rail": The role of railroad travel -- "War with Switzerland!": Tourism as cultural nationalism -- Conclusions -- 3. Early conservationists and new patriotism -- "The happiness and prosperity of our people": For the greatest good -- "The people own this continent": For the greatest number -- "The permanent basis of national success": For the longest time -- Conclusions -- 4. Smoke abatement and civic patriotism -- "Pittsburgh, smoke and prosperity": The changing symbol of smoke -- "Civic beauty and refinement": Modern urban aesthetics -- "Smoke robs city of great cheer": On behalf of a healthy citizenry -- Conclusions -- 5. World War II conservation and wartime patriotism -- "Tin cans go to war": Waste as a resource -- "Ach! Those American housewives!" Women in the combat zone -- "Save some boy's life": Faces of war -- Conclusions -- 6. The decline of environmental patriotism in America -- John F. Kennedy puts his faith in science -- Jimmy Carter puts on a sweater -- George Bush goes to Rio -- George W. Bush fights terrorism -- Conclusion -- 7. Conclusions -- Environmental patriotism -- Lessons from history -- Final thoughts -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary: Environmental patriotism, the belief that the national environment defines a country's greatness, is a significant strand in twentieth century American environmentalism. This book is the first to explore the history of environmental patriotism in America through the intriguing stories of environmental patriots and the rhetoric of their speeches and propaganda, The See America First movement began in 1906 with the aim of protecting and promoting the landscapes of the American West. In 1908, Gifford Pinchot and President Theodore Roosevelt hosted the White House Conservation Conference to promote the wise use of natural resources for generations of Americans. In 1912, Pittsburgh's smoke investigation condemned the effects of coal smoke on the city's environment. In World War II, a massive propaganda effort mobilized millions of Americans to plant victory gardens to save resources for the war abroad. While these may not seem like crucial moments for the American environmental movement, this new history of American environmentalism shows that they are linked by patriotism. The book offers a provoking critique of environmentalists' communication strategies and suggests patriotism as a persuasive hook for new ways to make environmental issues a national priority. This original research should be of interest to scholars of environmental communication, environmental history, American history and environmental philosophy.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- List of figures -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- Turning to rhetoric -- Rhetorical history -- Early history of environmental patriotism in America -- Environmental patriotism in twentieth century America -- 2. See America First and aesthetic patriotism -- "The priceless heritage of scenic splendor": The beauty of American landscape -- "Ribbons of rail": The role of railroad travel -- "War with Switzerland!": Tourism as cultural nationalism -- Conclusions -- 3. Early conservationists and new patriotism -- "The happiness and prosperity of our people": For the greatest good -- "The people own this continent": For the greatest number -- "The permanent basis of national success": For the longest time -- Conclusions -- 4. Smoke abatement and civic patriotism -- "Pittsburgh, smoke and prosperity": The changing symbol of smoke -- "Civic beauty and refinement": Modern urban aesthetics -- "Smoke robs city of great cheer": On behalf of a healthy citizenry -- Conclusions -- 5. World War II conservation and wartime patriotism -- "Tin cans go to war": Waste as a resource -- "Ach! Those American housewives!" Women in the combat zone -- "Save some boy's life": Faces of war -- Conclusions -- 6. The decline of environmental patriotism in America -- John F. Kennedy puts his faith in science -- Jimmy Carter puts on a sweater -- George Bush goes to Rio -- George W. Bush fights terrorism -- Conclusion -- 7. Conclusions -- Environmental patriotism -- Lessons from history -- Final thoughts -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.

Environmental patriotism, the belief that the national environment defines a country's greatness, is a significant strand in twentieth century American environmentalism. This book is the first to explore the history of environmental patriotism in America through the intriguing stories of environmental patriots and the rhetoric of their speeches and propaganda, The See America First movement began in 1906 with the aim of protecting and promoting the landscapes of the American West. In 1908, Gifford Pinchot and President Theodore Roosevelt hosted the White House Conservation Conference to promote the wise use of natural resources for generations of Americans. In 1912, Pittsburgh's smoke investigation condemned the effects of coal smoke on the city's environment. In World War II, a massive propaganda effort mobilized millions of Americans to plant victory gardens to save resources for the war abroad. While these may not seem like crucial moments for the American environmental movement, this new history of American environmentalism shows that they are linked by patriotism. The book offers a provoking critique of environmentalists' communication strategies and suggests patriotism as a persuasive hook for new ways to make environmental issues a national priority. This original research should be of interest to scholars of environmental communication, environmental history, American history and environmental philosophy.

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<p>Anne Marie Todd is Professor of Communication Studies at San José State University, USA.</p>

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