Tycho De Boer

in Nature, Business, and Community in North Carolina's Green Swamp

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032481
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038360 | DOI:

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This last chapter concludes that by the time modern environmentalist movements emerged as the advocates for endangered flora and fauna, wilderness, biodiversity and ecosystem, they faced a defiance and hostility from the corporate and national interests they vilified as the main culprits behind the exploitation, abuse, and murder of nature. In areas like the Green Swamp, these environmentalists faced the historical, traditional, and local environment legacy of a community on the edge of swamps and forests and communities who saw themselves in intimate connection with the wilderness. To these communities the welfare of the ecosystem and the biodiversity of the land were often set aside for the more immediate necessities of capitalism and profit. For a majority of people who knew the forest and swamp lands of the Green Swamp region intimately and experientially as inextricable parts of their communal history and progress, the ideology and practices of business and government for the most part affirmed their larger worldviews. Knowing the forest and swamp culturally far more than they knew it ecologically pushed these people to seek for orderly, corporately managed, state-governed forests to serve their capitalist and economic claims. The conclusion suggests that while there may have been efforts to nurture the cutover lands and the continued tapping of their maintaining life by cultivation, this should not be an excuse to continue wasting and squandering nature, rather it should be seen as a model of human resilience and adaptability, drawn from experiential knowledge and the mythological view of the world.

Keywords: environmentalist movements; corporate interests; national interests; exploitation; abuse; Green Swamp; capitalism

Chapter.  1576 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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