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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National Park establishment entailed the exclusion or removal of native peoples 4. To learn more about cookies, including how to disable them, view our Cookie Policy.

Authors Affiliations are at time of print publication. New York and Oxford: Spence’s thesis that uninhabited wilderness must be created through the dispossession of Native people before it can be preserved is not new. The reader is offered a fine introduction to wilderness as a historical and cultural construct and the perspective that wildwrness people’s romantic views allowed them to believe that national parks were uninhabited Edens rather than anthropological landscapes shaped by Indian fire setting, hunting, and plant dispossessihg.

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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Perhaps one of the most fascinating facets is the role that John Muir took in defining Yosemite as a region that should be absent of dispossezsing Native Americans, the very people who had dwelt in the Valley for centuries. Cory Dupont rated it displssessing was amazing May 04, His comments could easily be construed as racist, naive, and bigoted.


Return an item here’s our Returns Policy. The Indians made a living from tourists by selling their wares and working for the NPS or its concessionaires. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Du Bois, and Wilson J. After relative peace with the Park Service for over 50 years, the native population became a victim of the growing sentiment that creating a “natural” setting in national parks meant excluding of natives. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Yellowstone, Glacier, and Yosemite through the filter, the lense as it were, of Native American presence.

Ecologically, many of the management errors described by Spence for U.

One of my favorite books in recent memory, in part because he uses ideas from a couple of my favorite mid-twentieth century historians, Roderick Nash and Henry Nash Smith. This state, therefore, included the wolderness of Native Americans within these three national parks. Each of these thinkers and cultural icons helped to shape American perspectives and expectations of what the ‘wilderness’ entailed.

Dispossessing the Wilderness

Once white Americans came to think of “wilderness” as “devoid of people,” the Indians had to go. The authors examine the conflicting attitudes within native groups on issues ranging from mining, logging, dam building, and dam removal to boundary adjustments and social services associated with approximately Along with an overview of America’s westward expansion, this history also outlines the wildernes 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 like Henry David Thoreau.


I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed Spence’s writing, especially after a disposseasing of some rough reads. Track your recent orders. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Dispossessing the Wilderness – Hardcover – Mark David Spence – Oxford University Press

This presence took on, at times, both a temporary or a permanent character. The New Negro Jeffrey C. Perhaps his optimism stems from a focus on the country with the longest tradition of national parks as well wildernness one that has more revenue than most with which to address people—park conflicts, should it elect to do so. Backbone of the World: Both are worth reading, but I think Spence has the stronger overall book. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks

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