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Gifford Pinchot

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ContentsIntroduction Forests, Forestry and ForestersGovernment Forestry Abroad, 1891The Forests of Ne-Ha-Sa-Ne Park in Northern New York, 1893A Plan to Save the Forests, 1895In the Philippine Forests, 1903Dear Forester, 1905The Proposed Eastern Forest Reserves, 1906Speech to the Denver Lands Convention, 1907The ABC of Conservation, 1909Mr. Pinchot on Forest Fires, 1910Roosevelt's Part in Forestry, 1919National or State Control of Forest Devastation, 1920Letter to Foresters, 1930Old Evils in New Clothes, 1937War & PeaceNorth American Conservation Conference, 1909England in War, 1915Preparedness and Common Sense, 1916Agriculture Policy in Wartime, 1917A Forest Devastation Warning, 1925Conservation as a Foundation for Permanent Peace, 1940Governing the Keystone StateThe Reclamation of Pennsylvania's Desert, 1920The Influence of Women in Politics, 1922Inaugural Address, 1923The Blazed Trail of Forest Depletion, 1923Why I Believe in Enforcing Prohibition, 1923Old Age Assistance in Pennsylvania, 1924Politicians or the People? 1926Inaugural Address, 1931The Case for Federal Relief, 1932Lifting Farmers Out of the Mud, 1932Liquor Control in the United States: The State Store Plan, 1934Pennsylvania State Forests, 1942Water, Energy, and PowerWhat are we going to do about Coal in Alaska? 1911Testimony on the Hetch Hetchy Dam, 1913 Muscle Shoals, 1921Giant Power, 1924Prevention First, 1927The Power Monopoly: Its Makeup and Menace, 1928The Long Struggle for Effective Water Power Legislation, 1945Natural MomentsOne Afternoon at Pelican Bay, 1897Swordfishing, 1912South Seas Reflections, 1930Two's Company, 1936Time Like an Ever Rolling Stream, 1936AcknowledgementsIndex

About the Author

Char Miller is W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. He has published dozens of books, including Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot; Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism; and, with V. Alaric Sample and R. Patrick Bixler, Forest Conservation in the Anthropocene.


"Gifford Pinchot: Selected Writings has resurrected a number of primary sources and offered them in the service of researchers and scholars. Pinchot's unedited voice and opinions give a rare glimpse into one of America's most significant figures. The collection and Char Miller's commentary deserve and will no doubt receive a strong welcome from researchers of the early twentieth century and environmental history."-Jameson Karns, Environmental History

"There are [no other books] that have better captured the full depth and complexity of Gifford Pinchot, which Miller has skillfully and respectfully afforded Pinchot an opportunity to convey in his own words."-V. Alaric Sample, Journal of Forestry

"One might say that many of [Pinchot's] opinions (spoken or written in the earlier parts of the 1900s) are contemporary and suited for analysis today. Highly recommended for libraries, schools, and personal libraries."-Al Holliday, Pennsylvania Magazine

"A valuable contribution that will significantly enhance our knowledge and awareness of one of the nation's leading intellectuals in land use. Char Miller has thoughtfully collected and organized the writings that capture the ideas and development of arguably the most important mind in the American conservation tradition."-Brian C. Black, author of Gettysburg Contested and Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History

"Despite Gifford Pinchot's high-profile reputation as a founder of American conservation, most scholars have likely read few of his own writings. With these well-chosen documents from Pinchot's own hand, Char Miller provides a window onto Pinchot's thinking about rivers, soils, minerals, agriculture, forestry, and public stewardship of natural resources during a time of sweeping change."-Mark Harvey, author of Wilderness Forever

"Gifford Pinchot: Selected Writings provides great insight into the conservation movement, Theodore Roosevelt-style progressivism, and Pennsylvania politics."-J. Wesley Leckrone, Commonwealth

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