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Tangled Roots

The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics

by Sarah Mittlefehldt

Publication Year: 2013

Published by: University of Washington Press


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. 8-9

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Foreword by William Cronon

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pp. ix-xii

...than the Appalachian Trail, which extends some 2,180 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Most Americans who have ever seriously backpacked have spent at least a few moments imagin-ing what it would be like to walk its entire length. Although it is neither the oldest nor the longest such trail in the United States, it has few rivals in ...

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pp. xiii-2

...book was long and tortuous. I would never have reached the end if it weren?t for the support of my mentors and colleagues, the assistance of archive staff and members of the trail community, and the encouragement of my friends and family. This book grew out of my research at the University of Wisconsin?Madison, where I had the opportunity to work with two ...

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Introduction: The Tortuous Path Toward Public-Private Partnership

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pp. 3-12

...in 1921, progressive Forester Benton maCkaye proposed a plan to build a footpath along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains that would run from Georgia to Maine. When later asked what the purpose of this Appalachian Trail might be, MacKaye replied that there were three objec-tives: ?(1) to walk; (2) to see; (3) to see what you see.?1 MacKaye probably ...

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Chapter 1. A Progressive Footpath

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pp. 13-31

Vermont in 1900 on the trip that would inspire him to propose an Appala-chian Trail, the landscape that surrounded him looked much different from the one hikers encounter today. Where we see a thriving ski resort and a lav-ish condominium development on the north side of the mountain, MacKaye saw a devastated rural community attempting to eke out an existence from ...

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Chapter 2. The Path of Least Resistance

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pp. 32-67

Dam, passing by Fontana Lake before entering the Great Smoky Moun-tains National Park, they walk over the drowned remains of several forest towns?Fontana, Bushnell, Japan, Forney, Judson, Almond. To provide electricity and resources for war efforts in the early 1940s, and to make a new national park in the 1930s, federal agents destroyed these communities ...

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Chapter 3. Federalizing America's Foot Trails

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pp. 68-94

...ing weekend getaway along the Appalachian Trail in Georgia in 1955, their plans were soured by a pungent, black ooze that coated the trail. The area, located near Mount Oglethorpe?the trail?s southern terminus at the time and the one section of the trail in Georgia that lay outside the national for-est boundary?had been turned into a ?dumping ground for manure? from ...

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Chapter 4. Fallout From Federalization

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pp. 95-119

...in the deCade that FolloWed the 1968 national trails aCt, state and federal authorities struggled to establish who would be responsible for acquiring the 886 miles of Appalachian Trail that existed on private land or roads, and trail advocates encountered new and unanticipated challenges. In 1974, the Dartmouth Outing Club received a letter from a disgruntled ...

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Chapter 5. Acquiring the Corridor

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pp. 120-153

...perhaps the most popular place for snapping the quintessential shot of a reflective hiker standing high on a mountain, gazing out across whispering forests below, is on top of McAfee?s Knob just west of Roanoke, Virginia. Like many other stretches of the AT, the picture-perfect scenery at McAfee?s Knob became part of the AT experience as a result of one of the most com-...

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Chapter 6. The Appalachian Trail and the Rise of the New Right

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pp. 154-183

...lino in 1985 with a request to purchase land for a corridor through his corn-fields and pastures in Sheffield, Massachusetts, the farmer stated that he was unwilling to cede his land to the US government and ?sacrifice my property and 60 years of hard work . . . clearing this land to benefit a bunch of hikers in fancy boots.?1 Delmolino?s farm was located at the site of Shays? Rebel-...

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Conclusion: Hiking Through History

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pp. 184-196

...corridor today, more than 99 percent of which is now protected through public ownership, it is difficult for hikers to see evidence of the hard-fought political battles that created a place so seemingly removed from the world of people and politics. The eastern forests that have regenerated after at least two or three major cutting periods tend to hide the landscape?s history ...


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pp. 197-236

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 237-248


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pp. 249-255

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Further Reading

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pp. 275-277

Forest Dreams, Forest Nightmares: The Paradox of Old Growth in the Inland Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story, 1800?1940 by William G. RobbinsThe Dawn of Conservation Diplomacy: U.S.-Canadian Wildlife Protection Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West Making Salmon: An Environmental History of the Northwest Fisheries Crisis by ...

E-ISBN-13: 9780295804880
E-ISBN-10: 0295804882
Print-ISBN-13: 9780295993003
Print-ISBN-10: 0295993006

Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 867742026
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Subject Headings

  • Environmentalism -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • Nature conservation -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • Environmental policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • Trails -- Public use -- Appalachain Trail -- History.
  • Appalachain Trail -- History.
  • Eminent domain -- United States.
  • MacKaye, Benton, 1879-1975.
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