An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the by Jack E. Davis

By Jack E. Davis

No one did greater than Marjory Stoneman Douglas to remodel the Everglades from the country's so much maligned swamp into its such a lot liked wetland. by means of the past due 20th century, her identify and her vintage The Everglades: River of Grass had develop into synonymous with Everglades safeguard. The crusading get to the bottom of and boundless strength of this implacable elder gained the hearts of an admiring public whereas confounding her opponents—growth retailers purpose on having their method with the Everglades. Douglas's efforts eventually earned her a spot between an insignificant handful of people commemorated as a namesake of a countrywide desert area.

In the 1st complete biography of Douglas, Jack E. Davis explores the 108-year lifetime of this compelling lady. Douglas used to be greater than an environmental activist. She was once a suffragist, a life-time feminist and supporter of the period, a champion of social justice, and an writer of various literary expertise. She got here of age actually and professionally in the course of the American environmental century, the century during which americans mobilized an remarkable well known flow to counter the both unparalleled liberties that they had taken in exploiting, polluting, and destroying the common world.

The Everglades have been a dwelling barometer of America's frequently tentative shift towards higher environmental accountability. Reconstructing this better photograph, Davis recounts the shifts in Douglas's personal existence and her instrumental position in 4 vital advancements that contributed to Everglades defense: the making of a favorable wetland photo, the construction of a countrywide park, the increasing impression of ecological technology, and the increase of the fashionable environmental flow. within the grand yet beleaguered Everglades, which Douglas got here to appreciate is an unlimited usual method that helps human existence, she observed nature's providence.

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