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Civilizing Thoreau


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Introduction Thoreau and the Emergence of the Social Sciences Thoreau, Ecological Succession, and Racial Science Civilizing Walden Becoming One of the Worthies of the World in Reform Papers Succession in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers "Presenting" the Past in The Maine Woods Nature and the Origins of American Civilization in Cape Cod Thoreau and Manifest Destiny Works Cited Index


[Schneider's] new book once again shows him to be one of our foremost authorities on Thoreau. Thanks to Civilizing America, [what Rebecca Solnit has called] the 'Thoreau problem'-the split between the nature lover and ecologist on the one hand and the social critic and activist on the other-may not disappear altogether, but it seems a lot less intractable. * AMERIKASTUDIEN/AMERICAN STUDIES *
By exploring Henry David Thoreau's fascination with history, geography, and ethnology, this study hopes to resolve ... the tendency to consider Thoreau the nature lover as separate from Thoreau the social reformer. As Schneider reveals, Thoreau often connected the natural sciences with the social sciences. * AMERICAN LITERATURE *
Schneider offers a way to solve the 'Thoreau Problem,' that is, the critical and general readers' tendency to compartmentalize Thoreau as either the rebel or the visual poet .... Manifest destiny and human ecology come together to contextualize Thoreau in an innovative manner that has illuminated decades of devoted scholarly life with Thoreau's work. * THOREAU SOCIETY BULLETIN *
Although Schneider reminds readers that Thoreau's attitudes are complicated and ambivalent, he insists that readers recognize that Thoreau's writing repeats and explores, sometimes uncritically, many of 19th-century social science's ideas about race, progress, Manifest Destiny, and civilization . Recommended. * CHOICE *

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