Access to Nature:
|Title:||Access to Nature: A History of the North Carolina State Parks System, 1916-1976.|
Mangan, Jane, Thesis advisor
Wertheimer, John, Thesis reader
Pegelow Kaplan, Thomas, Thesis reader
Mogen, William Harris, Author
Davidson College. History Department.
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|Date Issued:||May 2015|
Now nearly a century old, the North Carolina state parks system includes thirty-five state parks. For many North Carolinians today, those state parks provide the most direct access to nature available, and their development history is therefore important. Yet there has, as of yet, been no scholarly history of the North Carolina state parks system. This thesis corrects that oversight and provides an institutional history of the North Carolina state parks system from its origin up to the 1970s, moving from the Progressive Era, through the New Deal, and into the postwar era of consumerism and environmentalism. State parks, this case study asserts, are crucial mediating points between nature and society. Evolving from their origins as areas primarily for natural resource conservation, North Carolina’s state parks came to reflect a constructed ideal of nature as separate and accessible for daily recreation and recuperation. As a contribution to environmental history, this thesis explores the unique shape that park creation took in the understudied South, which included a two-decade policy of racial segregation. Beyond nature, the state parks system also serves as a window into North Carolina’s twentieth century political development. State politics and finances generally hindered state park development, and the state parks system relied increasingly on the support of private donors and the federal government in order to expand, especially during the New Deal. By examining that federal-state relationship through the North Carolina state parks system, this thesis demonstrates a more complex and contested history of conservation at the state-level.
Nature Conservation - North Carolina
National Parks and Reserves. -- North Carolina
Davidson College. History Department
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