Article ID: CBB155125023

Forum: Appalachia’s Environmental History (2021)


Swanson, Drew A. (Author)
Steven Stoll (Author)
Newfont, Kathryn (Author)
Joyce, Barry Alan (Author)
Silver, Timothy (Author)

Environmental History
Volume: 26
Issue: 1
Pages: 7-8

Publication Date: 2021
Edition Details: Special Issue: Go Tell it on the Mountain: A Forum on Appalachia's Environmental History
Language: English

This forum offers insights into the burgeoning subfield of Appalachian environmental history. In the introductory essay, Drew Swanson offers a thumbnail sketch of the subfield’s historiographic development, paying particular attention to its major themes, to areas ripe for further exploration, and to its relationship to the field of Appalachian studies. Shorter response essays by Steven Stoll, Kathryn Newfont, Joyce Barry, and Timothy Silver take up various corners of the subfield, challenging some of Swanson’s conclusions and pointing to particularly promising avenues of research. Intended to be accessible, even conversational, in style and tone, the forum’s essays offer a broad consideration of the contours of current and future scholarship in the environmental history of an iconic region—and a timely one, given the recent boom in Appalachian environmental writing, the broad public interest expressed in works such as J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy, and national conversations about the region’s natural resources, from coal to natural gas.

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Article Steven Stoll (January 2021) Theorizing the Mountains. Environmental History (pp. 23-28). unapi

Article Kathryn Newfont (January 2021) Understory Environmental History: Learning from the Appalachian Commons. Environmental History (pp. 29-38). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Salvatore Patti
Alvise Fiume
Camp, Michael
Shih, Ashanti
Francesco Baruffi
Ray Poteat
Environmental History
History of Science
Environment and History
University of Pittsburgh Press
Oregon State University Press
Rowman & Littlefield
Johns Hopkins University Press
Indiana University Press
Environmental history
Natural resource management
Water resource management
Technology and environment, relationship
Science and law
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
Early modern
18th century
United States
Appalachian region (North America)
Venice (Italy)
Arizona (U.S.)
Hawaii (U.S.)
CSX Transportation (firm)

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