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The Roots of Environmental Awareness in 19th-Century America

HNRS 2012 Sec. 01 - Spring 2019

Professor Lake Douglas Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture

Tu Th 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
308 Design Bldg

America’s population in 1800 was 94% rural and 6% urban, and by 1900, that ratio was 60%/40%. This demographic shift – and the reasons for that shift – had profound effects on evolving 19th-century concepts of the natural and built environments. In turn, these concepts influenced 19th-century intellectual thought, literature, religious attitudes, social conditions, educational models, economic issues, political attitudes, and artistic expressions. Understanding evolving American 19th-century attitudes about the environment, explored in this class through multiple lenses [e.g. demographics; material culture; politics; society; art; architecture; religion; literature] offers new approaches to understanding 19th-century America and contributes to a better understanding of the evolution of environmental attitudes to the present day.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Humanities
Social Sciences