Samuel Hays has been a leader in the field of environmental history since long before the field existed. His essays offer brilliant insight into the changing shape of American environmental politics over the course of the twentieth century and this superb new collection makes them more accessible than ever before. No one who hopes to understand how we got to where we are today can afford to ignore them.
Explorations in Environmental History represents four decades of writing from one of the most distinguished scholars in the field of environmental history. Samuel Hays’s dedication and research is apparent in every one of these essays, four of which are published here for the first time.
This is a comprehensive and definitive collection of essays, published and unpublished by Samuel Hays, who is surely the most senior environmental historian still active in the field. . . .The research and writing of Hays has defined (and continues to define) the best in environmental history and environmentalism in general. . . . [T]he entire volume deserves careful attention by anyone wishing to review and comprehend the modern environmental movement.
Samuel P. Hays was University Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Wars in the Woods: The Rise of Ecological Forestry in America; Explorations in Environmental History; Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency: The Progressive Conservation Movement, 1890-1920; and, with Barbara D. Hays, Beauty, Health, and Permanence: Environmental Politics in the United States, 1955-1985.