John Muir's Environmental Philosophy In The Early 20th Century

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JOhn Muir’s Influence in The early 20th Century To what extent did John Muir’s environmental philosophy in the late 19th and early 20th century influence Theodore Roosevelt’s environmental policies passed during his presidency? Table of Contents Background 2 John Muir 3 Theodore Roosevelt 8 The Meeting 10 Antiquities Act 12 Conclusion 14 Bibliography 15 Background It’s undeniable that there have been individuals throughout history who have valued nature. However, the United States public as a whole has been, for the most part, indifferent towards its protection and did not develop an appreciation for the environment until the late 19th and early 20th centuries (The Evolution of the Conservation Movement). Evidence for this change in paradigms can be seen in the policies passed under Theodore Roosevelt and took place alongside the progressive era when the US experienced a shift in attitude, leaning more towards reform in all aspects of society with the goal of creating a better quality of life for everyone in the nation (Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929). Naturally, creating a country where people enjoyed living included keeping the landscape and resources it provided as abundant, beautiful, and available as possible. This movement to do so is known as the conservation movement, which pushed for the sustainable use of the nation’s natural resources (Conservation vs Preservation and the National Park Service). John Muir, a pioneer of the movement, is credited

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