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The lumberman's frontier : three centuries of land use, society, and change in America's forests /
Thomas R. Cox.
Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, c2010.
xi, 531 p.
0870715798 (alk. paper), 9780870715792 (alk. paper)
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Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, c2010.
0870715798 (alk. paper)
9780870715792 (alk. paper)
contents note
Colonists and trees : lumbering before the lumbering frontier -- The lumberman's frontier emerges -- The Maine frontier at floodtide -- From farmer-loggers to lumbermen in the Mid-Atlantic States -- Lumber and labor in the pines : new patterns of conflict -- New mills, new markets -- The full flowering -- Actions and reactions -- Southern beginnings -- Bonanza years in the Gulf South -- To the farthest shore, and beyond -- Into the Western mountains -- American lumbering's final frontier -- Epilogue: Whose forests are they?
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Thomas R. Cox is Professor Emeritus of History at San Diego State University. He earned a PhD from the University of Oregon and is a fellow and former president of the Forest History Society. He has published numerous articles on forest and environmental history and is the author of The Park Builders: The State Parks Movement in the Pacific Northwest Mills and Markets: A History of the Pacific Coast Lumber Industry to 1900; and co-author of This Well-Wooded Land: Americans and their Forests from Colonial Times to the Present.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-09-01:
This very useful reference on the history of logging and sawmilling since the European immigration also covers the social changes causing--and resulting from--those events. It is dense with information, including an extensive bibliography and notes. The work has one or more chapters on Colonial times, and the Northeast, Midwest, South, Gulf South, and Far West. In each area, Cox, (emer., history, San Diego State) considers the history from the first white settlement to the present. In any book covering such a large area, some errors inevitably creep in. Here, they range from small (there is another reason for using springboards than what is described here) to another viewpoint that should be considered. For generations, people have been told that the early white settlers saw a continent covered with large trees from coast to coast. Stephen Pyne (though quoted in the book on a separate matter) presents a different viewpoint: fire, both natural and caused by humans, created and maintained many extensive clearings in the forest, which bears on the emigration of farmers. Those interested in this aspect of forest management might also want to consult Pyne's Fire: A Brief History (CH, May'02, 39-5266), or Fire in America (1997). Summing Up: Recommended. All collections. R. P. Sarna Maine Maritime Academy
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Main Description
With The Lumberman's Frontier, Thomas Cox has reconstructed a groundbreaking history that stands apart from all previous studies of American forests.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. x
Colonists and Trees: Lumbering before the Lumberman's Frontierp. 1
The Lumberman's Frontier Emergesp. 23
The Maine Frontier at Floodtidep. 47
From Farmer-Loggers to Lumbermen in the Mid-Atlantic Statesp. 73
Lumber and Labor in the Pines: New Patterns of Conflictp. 101
New Mills, New Marketsp. 125
The Pull Floweringp. 149
Actions and Reactionsp. 191
Southern Beginningsp. 213
Bonanza Years in the Gulf Southp. 235
To the Farthest Shore—And Beyondp. 263
Into the Mountainsp. 291
The Final Frontierp. 331
Epilogue Whose Forests Are They?p. 363
Notesp. 377
A Note on Sourcesp. 513
Indexp. 519
Early Maine-New Hampshire forest frontierp. 10
Downeast in Mainep. 33
Middle Atlantic forestsp. 78
Michigan's Lower Peninsula and its lumber marketsp. 127
Wisconsin, Minnesota, and downriverp. 161
Gulf Coast pineriesp. 2l8
Bonanza South lumber frontierp. 241
Pacific Coast forest frontierp. 275
Interior Far Western pineriesp. 337
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