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Escaping the Dark, Gray City: Fear and Hope in Progressive-Era Conservation

Benjamin Heber Johnson


This book is an exploration of the Progressive-era conservation movement, and its lasting effects on American culture, politics, and contemporary environmentalism. The turn of the twentieth century caught America at a crossroads, shaking the dust from a bygone era and hurtling toward the promises of modernity. Factories, railroads, banks, and oil fields all reshaped the American landscape and people. In the gulf between growing wealth and the ills of an urbanizing nation, the spirit of Progressivism emerged. Promising a return to democracy and a check on concentrated wealth, Progressives confr ... More

Keywords: Progressive era, conservation movement, American culture, American politics, contemporary environmentalism, Progressivism, democracy, wealth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300115505
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300115505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Heber Johnson, author
Loyola University, Chicago