US Environmental History Course Topics through the Civil War (Santa Monica Coll.)
Institution: Santa Monica College
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Participant: Leslie Kawaguchi
- Small group discussion: What do you think are the top three environmental issues or concerns facing the United States today?
- Introduction regarding recent “natural disasters”: natural vs. human caused?
- What is Environmental History?
- Native Americans and the Environment (covers all regions of the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii) examines how Natives utilized the resources of their areas, established their societies and cultural practices
- Native Americans and the Spanish in the Southwest and California
- Native Americans and the French, Dutch, and English on the Atlantic coast
- Native Americans, Africans, and the English (and the Spanish in Florida)
- Population Diversity and the 18th-century Environment (including the Spanish in Florida, Russians in California, and Europeans in Hawaii)
- Nature, the American Revolution, and the New Republic
- Rural Development in the 19th Century which focuses on the philosophies, populations, and policies that brought peoples westward
- Urban Development in the 19th Century including immigration
- Nature and the Market Revolution
- American Romanticism and Nature
- Cotton, Slavery, and the South
- The Far West and Extraction includes miners, farmers, salmon, and ethnic diversity