The development of a conservation ethic in the United States was (and is) a process that displayed a great deal of heterogeneity, and to a certain extent, a good deal of contentious debate about what might be done to conserve natural resources and landscapes throughout the country. Some of the phenomena that manifested themselves during this period included a perceived crisis in American national identity and purpose, expressions of anti-urbanism, and the growth of travel literature. All of these subjects (and quite a few more) are explored within this fine documentary archive of materials developed by the American Memory group at the Library of Congress. In total, the archive contains 62 books and pamphlets, 140 Federal statutes and Congressional resolutions, various Presidential proclamations, 170 prints and photographs, and 2 motion pictures. The collection can be searched by keywords, or users may elect to browse an index of subjects, authors, or document titles.
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