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An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the by Jack E. Davis

By Jack E. Davis

No one did greater than Marjory Stoneman Douglas to remodel the Everglades from the country's so much maligned swamp into its such a lot loved wetland. by way of the overdue 20th century, her identify and her vintage The Everglades: River of Grass had develop into synonymous with Everglades safeguard. The crusading get to the bottom of and boundless strength of this implacable elder gained the hearts of an admiring public whereas confounding her opponents—growth retailers motive on having their approach with the Everglades. Douglas's efforts eventually earned her a spot between a trifling handful of people venerated as a namesake of a countrywide wasteland area.

In the 1st accomplished biography of Douglas, Jack E. Davis explores the 108-year lifetime of this compelling girl. Douglas used to be greater than an environmental activist. She was once a suffragist, an entire life feminist and supporter of the period, a champion of social justice, and an writer of numerous literary expertise. She got here of age actually and professionally through the American environmental century, the century within which american citizens mobilized an extraordinary well known flow to counter the both remarkable liberties they'd taken in exploiting, polluting, and destroying the normal world.

The Everglades have been a residing barometer of America's frequently tentative shift towards better environmental accountability. Reconstructing this better photograph, Davis recounts the shifts in Douglas's personal lifestyles and her instrumental position in 4 very important advancements that contributed to Everglades safety: the making of a good wetland photo, the production of a countrywide park, the increasing effect of ecological technology, and the increase of the fashionable environmental move. within the grand yet beleaguered Everglades, which Douglas got here to appreciate is an enormous typical process that helps human lifestyles, she observed nature's providence.

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