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Unit Two: Resource Management: Local and Historical Perspectives

This unit connects historical perspectives of nature and the environment with contemporary issues of local resource management. It draws on the American Memory collection, The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920. Students will examine photographs, paintings and text to understand the contexts of America's concern for the environment. Students will produce a paper on a contemporary topic of local concern that incorporates historical perspectives with current issues. Students will begin to understand the continuity and complexity of Americans' relationship with the land on a national and local level.


Students will be able to:

  • Research using a variety of resources.
  • Analyze nineteenth-century scientific, legislative, and narrative nonfiction writing.
  • Connect past perceptions and presentations of nature in America to the policies and concerns of present-day resource management in their local landscape.