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Benton MacKaye

Conservationist, Planner, and Creator of the Appalachian Trail

Larry Anderson

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Planner and originator of the Appalachian Trail and a cofounder of the Wilderness Society, Benton MacKaye (1879-1975) was a pioneer in linking the concepts of preservation and recreation. Spanning three-quarters of a century, his long and productive career had a major impact on emerging movements in conservation, environmentalism, and regional planning. MacKaye's seminal ideas on outdoor recreation, wilderness protection, land-use planning, community development, and transportation have inspired generations of activists, professionals, and adventurers seeking to strike a harmonious balance...

Planner and originator of the Appalachian Trail and a cofounder of the Wilderness Society, Benton MacKaye (1879-1975) was a pioneer in linking the concepts of preservation and recreation. Spanning three-quarters of a century, his long and productive career had a major impact on emerging movements in conservation, environmentalism, and regional planning. MacKaye's seminal ideas on outdoor recreation, wilderness protection, land-use planning, community development, and transportation have inspired generations of activists, professionals, and adventurers seeking to strike a harmonious balance between human need and the natural environment.

This pathbreaking biography provides the first complete portrait of this significant and unique figure in American environmental, intellectual, and cultural history. Drawing on extensive research, Larry Anderson traces MacKaye's extensive career, examines his many published works, and describes the importance of MacKaye's relationships with such influential figures as Lewis Mumford, Aldo Leopold, and Walter Lippmann. This book will appeal to students, scholars, and professionals in preservation, conservation, recreation, planning, and American studies, as well as general readers interested in these subjects.

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This is an important book both because this is the first biography of Benton MacKaye and because it explores the philosophy behind the Appalachian Trail.

In the first comprehensive biography of MacKaye, Larry Anderson does an impressive job of bringing an enigmatic figure into sharper focus and shedding light on the long list of important contributions MacKaye made to the American environmental movement... A readable, engrossing biography.

Larry Anderson's splendid biography of Benton MacKaye recounts the life of an American pioneer in regional and recreational planning, wilderness preservation, and environmental thought... A first-rate biography of a unique American thinker. Throughout, Anderson ably places MacKaye in political, cultural, and environmental contexts and reveals the reciprocal influences among MacKaye, Mumford, Stein, and others.

Anderson's thoroughly researched book is the first complete biography of MacKaye.

Benton MacKaye was a visionary whose original ideas deserve to be better known among contemporary planners, and this first detailed biography of MacKaye should become the standard account of his life and work.

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6.125
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9.25
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468
ISBN
9780801890949
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30 halftones, 26 maps
Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction. "Expedition 9"
Chapter 1. The MacKaye Inheritance, 1879–1896
Chapter 2. From Harvard Yard to the "Primaevial Forest", 1896–1903
Chapter 3. The Education of a Progressive

Acknowledgements
Introduction. "Expedition 9"
Chapter 1. The MacKaye Inheritance, 1879–1896
Chapter 2. From Harvard Yard to the "Primaevial Forest", 1896–1903
Chapter 3. The Education of a Progressive Forester, 1903–1911
Chapter 4. Raising Hell, 1911–1915
Chapter 5. Reclaiming America's Wild Lands for Work and Play, 1915–1916
Chapter 6. Employment and Natural Resources, 1917–1919
Chapter 7. Turning Point, 1919–1921
Chapter 8. First Steps along the Appalachian Trail, 1921–1923
Chapter 9. The Regional Planning Association of America and the Appalachian Trail Conference, 1923–1925
Chapter 10. The New Exploration, 1925–1928
Chapter 11. Trailwork and the "Townless Highway," 1928–1931
Chapter 12. "RP = TH + AT + HT," a Formula for the New Deal, 1931–1933
Chapter 13. The Tennessee Valley Authority 1934–1936
Chapter 14. The Wilderness Society, 1934–1936
Chapter 15. "Watershed Democracy," 1936–1945
Chapter 16. Wilderness in a Changing World, 1937–1950
Chapter 17. "Geotechnics of North America," 1944–1972
Chapter 18. Linking Action with Prophecy, 1953–1975
Epilogue. A "Planetary Feeling"Appendix. "An Appalachain Trail," by Benton MacKaye
Abbreviations
Notes
Note on Sources
Index

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