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From Sea to Shining Sea: Key Resources in U.S. Environmental History (March 2015): Native Americans

by Larry T. Spencer

Native Americans

Often people describe Native Americans as people who live in harmony with their environment. Shepard Krech somewhat dispels this idea in The Ecological Indian: Myth and History. Following up on that topic is a collection of essays edited by Michael Harkin and David Lewis, Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on the Ecological Indian. Two books by Charles Mann are much broader in scope concerning the native inhabitants of the Americas. In 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus, Mann considers what the Americas were like before the arrival of the Europeans. In his follow-up work, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, Mann shows that the passage between Europe and the Americas was more like a freeway than a one-way road from Europe.

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