Human activity can have a shocking effect upon our environment. In the 1800s just one buffalo hunter killed more than 20,000 animals over the course of his career; a single mining operation in California consumed 40 million gallons of water every day. With the U.S. population now exceeding 300 million, evaluating and improving how America uses its resources is critical. This chronological overview of the role of the environment in the United States covers the 17th century to the contemporary era, providing many insights into one of the most important aspects of American history. Environmental issues such as deforestation, water pollution, extinction of indigenous animal species, and climate change have long existed in the United States. Fortunately, the American people and their government have demonstrated a willingness to address environmental concerns. This work encompasses more than four centuries of dynamic and transformational environmental change that illustrate the central importance of the environment, natural resources, and "nature" throughout American history. The author provides an overview of the significant events, major figures, and public policy developments throughout the history of our relationship with the environment, illustrating the sequence of historical events, cultural ideas, and trends that have led Americans to take action to protect the environment and public health.
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