Southerners have long been caricatured as so desperate for jobs that they have given little thought to protecting the region's environment. Yet in the decades after the Civil Wat, southern business people and public officials because preoccupied with the idea that there could be "permanent" ways of using the region's dwindling natural resources. Rather than embracing a get-rich-quick strategy based on exploiting natural resources to depletion, southerners debated the most "permanent" ways to use and conserve their resources so that they would be available indefinitely. This talk explores the successes and failures of the South's search for environmental permanence - one of the earliest attempts at sustainable development in the United States - and reflects on what this experience can tell us about the social and environmental aspects of sustainability today.
This event is sponsored in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and the School of History and Sociology.