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DDT and Pesticides

Frederick Rowe Davis.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History

P ublished online July 2018 .

Article. Subjects: US History since 1945; Economic History; Environmental History. 9565 words.

The history of DDT and pesticides in America is overshadowed by four broad myths. The first myth suggests that DDT was the first insecticide deployed widely by American farmers. The second...

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Food and Agriculture in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Gabriella M. Petrick.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History

Article. Subjects: US History 1900 - 1945; US History since 1945; US Cultural History; Environmental History; Economic History. 402 words.

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. Please check back later for the full article.

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The Oil Industry

Christopher J. Castañeda.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History

P ublished online April 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Economic History; Environmental History. 8438 words.

The modern oil industry began in 1859 with Edwin Drake’s discovery of oil at Titusville, Pennsylvania. Since then, this dynamic industry has experienced dramatic episodes of growth,...

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Regulating America’s Natural Environment

Bart Elmore.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History

P ublished online February 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Political History; Economic History; Environmental History. 12205 words.

From the founding of the American republic through the 19th century, the nation’s environmental policy mostly centered on promoting American settlers’ conquest of the frontier. Early...

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