|Thoreau's Country: An Ecological Perspective|
In this lecture, an ecologist charts the social and ecological histories of New England based on the writings of Henry David Thoreau. By the 1840's, when Thoreau, the philosopher-author of Walden, moved to the Massachusetts woods and erected his small cabin, New England had already been transformed into a patchwork of agricultural fields and small woodlots. Indeed, farmers were seen as heroes for taming the land. But with the industrial revolution of the later nineteenth century, people deserted the countryside for new jobs in the cities. Over time, much of the land reforested itself. With the expanding forests, the lecturer finds a shift in human perception, too, one that encompasses the ecological importance of the land. The presentation is 30 minutes in length.
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-329
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Publisher: WGBH Educational Foundation
Author: David Foster
Long Term Ecological Research