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“Breeding a race apart from nature”

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Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226560694
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226560717 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226560717.003.0007
“Breeding a race apart from nature”

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This chapter explains why those who claimed that the coming of mass society entailed ecological disaster could not avoid linking up sexual, eugenic, and conservationist concerns. Stanley L. Baker's romanticization was most clearly manifested in his anthropomorphic portrayals of the tree which he called man's best friend and God's noblest creation. Baker presented himself in his writings as yet another great white chief protecting the natives. He maintained his working premise that the city was bad and the countryside good. Eugenicists frequently complained that elected politicians were afraid to make tough decisions to protect and improve the population. The national park, the reserve, and the concept of the wilderness were all products of modernity requiring the intervention and supervision of trained experts like the forester.

Keywords: mass society; ecological disaster; Stanley L. Baker; romanticization; population; national park; wilderness; modernity

Chapter.  9154 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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