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Catherine McNeur’s Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City (Harvard University Press, 2014) explores the contentious negotiations about what came to be known as ‘urban’ New York City between 1815 and 1865. Over these years, New Yorkers came to define their city as a place with pets and parks, not livestock and pastures, and they removed human and animal waste rather than make use of it. In lively prose grounded in deep research, McNeur recounts class-based and at times race-based conflicts that pitted the rich and working classes against each other. The wealthy passed ordinances and regulations, while commoners fought back by means of vigilante violence and riot. As governance became more effective and pervasive, the city came to be defined as a space strictly distinct from rural quarters. Her book was selected as ASEH's best book in 2015.


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JRMGC.jpgThe American Society for Environmental History increases understanding of the important role played by the environment throughout human history, from the earliest period to the crucial issues of our own time and across the world’s diverse societies and ecosystems. Our membership is international and interdisciplinary. A non-profit scholarly organization, ASEH promotes research and teaching in environmental history, provides public outreach to our communities, and supports our members’ professional needs. Membership includes a subscription to our excellent quarterly journal, Environmental History, published by Oxford University Press. We invite you to explore this website for information on our mission as well as our journal, conferences and workshops, travel grants, fellowships, teaching resources, and more.

-Kathleen A. Brosnan, ASEH President

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Click here to read about how environmental history is "the field with the largest proportional expansion" in the last 40 years.

Click here to view ASEH's statement on "Campus Carry" legislation.

Click here to view tenure-track positions available in environmental history.

Click here to view plenary talk by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (from our 2015 conference in Washington, DC).

Click here to view the latest bulletin from the International Consortium of EH Organizations (ICEHO).

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