Stand Up That Mountain Analysis

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Is economic profit more valuable than moral standards? Jay Erskine Leutze’s book, Stand Up That Mountain highlights this conflict. Both Paul Brown and Tony Cook place high value on money. Paul’s mining industry exploited Belview mountain, extracting materials “out of the risen earth with disregard for their other value, for their inspiration, their standing” (Leutze, 2013: 103). Paul seeks areas in which he believes he will generate the most profit, therefore, he did not have an issue with mining one of the most scenic outlooks of the Appalachian Trail. Preserving an area “because it is lovely, natural, beautiful...there is no market for that. No profit to show, no quarterly result to report” (Leutze, 2013: 329). Paul justifies his actions
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