Biography

Adam teaches environmental history at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.  His first book, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism (2001), won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner Award and the Society for American City and Regional Planning History’s Lewis Mumford Prize.  He also is author of The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation (2013) and co-editor of Green Capitalism? Business and the Environment in the Twentieth Century (2017).  He now lives near a Frederick Law Olmsted park.

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In the mid 19th century, many Americans began to fear that modern civilization might not be sustainable. They were not worried about climate change or nuclear war or species loss. Instead, they debated whether the United States could thrive as an urban nation. The explosive growth of cities in the 19th century was unprecedented—a vast […]

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