9780820353395-0820353396-The Price of Permanence: Nature and Business in the New South (Environmental History and the American South Ser.)

The Price of Permanence: Nature and Business in the New South (Environmental History and the American South Ser.)

ISBN-13: 9780820353395
ISBN-10: 0820353396
Author: Bryan, William D.
Publication date: 2018
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Format: Hardcover 254 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780820353395
ISBN-10: 0820353396
Author: Bryan, William D.
Publication date: 2018
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Format: Hardcover 254 pages

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Acknowledged authors Bryan, William D. wrote The Price of Permanence: Nature and Business in the New South (Environmental History and the American South Ser.) comprising 254 pages back in 2018. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0820353396 and 9780820353395. Since then The Price of Permanence: Nature and Business in the New South (Environmental History and the American South Ser.) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Using the lens of environmental history, William D. Bryan provides a sweeping reinterpretation of the post–Civil War South by framing the New South as a struggle over environmental stewardship. For more than six decades, scholars have caricatured southerners as so desperate for economic growth that they rapaciously consumed the region’s abundant natural resources. Yet business leaders and public officials did not see profit and environmental quality as mutually exclusive goals, and they promoted methods of conserving resources that they thought would ensure long-term economic growth. Southerners called this idea "permanence." But permanence was a contested concept, and these businesspeople clashed with other stakeholders as they struggled to find new ways of using valuable resources. The Price of Permanence shows how these struggles indelibly shaped the modern South.

Bryan writes the region into the national conservation movement for the first time and shows that business leaders played a key role shaping the ideals of American conservationists. This book also dismantles one of the most persistent caricatures of southerners: that they had little interest in environmental quality. Conservation provided white elites with a tool for social control, and this is the first work to show how struggles over resource policy fueled Jim Crow. The ideology of "permanence" protected some resources but did not prevent degradation of the environment overall, and The Price of Permanence ultimately uses lessons from the New South to reflect on sustainability today.

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