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[Detail] The Harvest Moon. Currier & Ives, between 1860 and 1870.

Collection Overview

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920, is a multimedia collection that documents the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage. It includes complete works of authors such as John Burroughs, George Perkins Marsh, John Muir, and Henry David Thoreau; prints lithographs, and engravings of American scenery; an Alaska Expedition album; and records of legislation establishing national forests and parks.

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  • The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
  • Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930

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