By Larry Anderson

Planner and originator of the Appalachian path and a cofounder of the desolate tract Society, Benton MacKaye (1879-1975) was once a pioneer in linking the ideas of upkeep and sport. Spanning three-quarters of a century, his lengthy and efficient profession had a big effect on rising pursuits in conservation, environmentalism, and local making plans. MacKaye's seminal principles on open air game, barren region security, land-use making plans, group improvement, and transportation have encouraged generations of activists, execs, and adventurers trying to strike a harmonious stability among human desire and the ordinary environment.This pathbreaking biography presents the 1st whole portrait of this crucial and certain determine in American environmental, highbrow, and cultural background. Drawing on wide examine, Larry Anderson lines MacKaye's vast occupation, examines his many released works, and describes the significance of MacKaye's relationships with such influential figures as Lewis Mumford, Aldo Leopold, and Walter Lippmann. This publication will entice scholars, students, and execs in protection, conservation, sport, making plans, and American reviews, in addition to basic readers drawn to those matters.

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You have been gone so long I would hardly know you from Adam,” Benton wrote his father plaintively from Shirley in July of 1892. The melancholy boy also expressed to Steele a desire to “get a job in some telegraph office . . ”47 Benton grew up traveling on the railroads as the family shuttled about the northeastern states. When members of the family planned their journeys and rendezvous, they often turned to Benton to plan the least expensive and most expeditious itineraries. He romanticized the life of the railroadmen, like those on the Fitchburg Railroad.

Benton, it would become clear, was never to be without ambition. ^ ^ 2 From Harvard Yard to the “Primaevial Forest” 1896–1903 E very year, Harvard geologist William Morris Davis began his first lecture in Geography A, “Elementary Physiography,” in the same dramatic manner. Standing before the students assembled in his Agassiz Museum classroom, Davis held in his hand a six-inch globe. ” “That was my guidepost No. 1 When seventeen-year-old Benton registered as a Harvard freshman on October 1, 1896, he was no stranger to the venerable environs of Harvard Yard.

Across Harvard Yard, on the other hand, at the northern fringe of the campus, stood more spartan digs, where Percy and James had resided, among the least expensive offered to undergraduates. 4 The social chasm that yawned across the Yard was a sometimes harsh fact of Harvard life. , or Fly. His athletic ambitions were thwarted when he failed to make the freshman football team. And he lamented his inability to scrape together the few dollars necessary to join the Weld Boat Club. Hence, much of Benton’s social life revolved around family friends who lived in the Cambridge area, such as the Hildreths and the Davenports.

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