When Money Grew on Trees: A. B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron
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Greg Gordon, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, is the author of Landscape of Desire: Identity and Nature in Utah’s Canyon Country.
The West, Gordon suggests, was perfectly capable of exploiting itself, and in his book we see how Hammond and other regional entrepreneurs dammed rivers, logged forests, and leveled mountains in just a few decades. In short, they established much of the modern American state and economy.. Hammond and his like also built cities, towns, and a vast transportation network of steamships and railroads to export natural resources and import manufactured goods. Born in the timber colony of New Brunswick, Maine, in 1848, Andrew Benoni Hammond got off to an inauspicious start as a teenage lumberjack. Against the backdrop of western expansion and nation-building, his life dramatically demonstrates how individuals—more than the impersonal forces of political economy—shaped capitalism in this country, and in doing so, transformed the forests of the West from functioning natural ecosystems into industrial landscapes. By his death in 1934, Hammond had built an empire of wood that stretched from Puget Sound to Arizona—and in the process had reshaped the American West and the nation’s way of doing business. In revealing Hammond’s instrumental role in converting the nation’s public domain into private wealth, historian Greg Gordon also shows how the struggle over natural resources gave rise to the two most pervasive forces in modern American life: the federal government and the modern corporation.Combining environmental, labor, and busine
Amazing but true Amazon Customer A very interesting story, larger than life characters. Amazing but true. I. "Five Stars" according to rosalee baker. Great source of historical and personal family history!. Gars said Not Much of A Read. This is one boring book. Really boring. It reads more as a thesis paper might, all full of details of lumber production (even down to daily output). The probem wih the thing is that is simply is not very readable. Would have been a lot better if the reader co
About the AuthorGreg Gordon, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, is the author of Landscape of Desire: Identity and Nature in Utah’s Canyon Country.