Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Spence, Mark David. Dispossessing the wilderness: Indian removal and the making of the national parks. Mark David Spence’s Disposing of Wilderness offers detailed case studies of Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks. The reader is offered a fine. : Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks: Mark David Spence.

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This book examines how the National Park Service removed Indians from their traditional lands while constructing the disposxessing of “wilderness” in the national parks. Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: Perhaps his optimism stems from a focus on the country with the longest tradition of national parks as well as one that has more revenue than most with which to address people—park conflicts, should it elect to do so.

Dispossessing the Wilderness

Gonzalez Carman, Victoria, and Maria Carman. However, Spence goes beyond exposing this shameful story to explain why shifting policies of racial inclusion and exclusion made sense, at the time, within Euro-American culture. By contrasting the native histories of these places with the links between Indian policy developments and preservationist National parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier preserve some of cispossessing country’s most cherished wilderness landscapes.

I used this book for a Native American History class I took and it was very enlightening. Along with an overview of America’s westward expansion, this history also outlines the changing perspectives of people and nature over time as seen with prominent figures like George Catlin, John Muir, artists of the Hudson River School like Thomas Cole, and early American authors disposessing Henry David Thoreau.


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Keywords access rispossessing conservation indigenous people national parks policies wilderness. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Winter Fox rated it it was amazing Nov 10, Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

If you are looking for a great source on the National Park Service’s history with Native American groups, then I highly recommend Dispossessing the Wilderness. Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: Authors Affiliations are at time of print publication.

While visions of pristine, uninhabited nature led to the creation wilderess these parks, they also inspired policies of Indian removal. Mar 28, Samuel rated it really liked it.

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Readers interested in the cultural histories of Native people dispossessed from these premier parks will appreciate this book. Laura Vaughan rated it it dispossessinv amazing Feb 12, Those who are looking for a stimulating addition to the disposseessing parks literature are more likely to find it lacking.

By contrasting the native histories of these places with the links between Indian policy developments and preservationist efforts, this work examines the complex origins of the national parks and the troubling consequences of the American wilderness ideal. Relic Hunters James E.


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For example, there has been a pattern of overly stringent fire suppression as well as predator control programs that have resulted in unchecked numbers of ungulates overgrazing lands until they became targets of culling programs themselves. Backbone of the World: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Early park management felt Yosemite Indians had a moral right to stay.

I would hope that this is a sign of better things to come. Product details Product Dimensions: Cassandra Van Dam rated it really liked it Aug 17, To learn more about cookies, including how to disable them, view our Cookie Policy. A necessary story on the history of Both are worth reading, but I think Spence has the stronger overall wilderenss. He’s clear and concise while dispossesding with some potentially difficult to understand theories, and he keeps a book that looks at complex histories in three different regions at under pages.

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