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Jeff Crane

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B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1993
Ph.D., Washington State University, 2003

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Latest Publication

Natural Protest:  Essays on the History of American Environmentalism, Routledge, 2008

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Understanding the historical debate over this dam, even acknowledging that a debate over dams existed in 1834, is of great historical value.  The debate over the Kennebec dam provides critical insight into the history of incommensurable differences when it comes to natural resources and thereby suggests a lens through which we might consider natural protests in the "prehistory" of American environmentalism.  Moreover, it is of historical import to comprehend how accurate many of the opponents' predictions were.  This does not imply that those inclined to protect the environment are necessarily right in their impulses, but it does point to the historical and political significance of public participation and its role in environmental decision-making. But there is a further point that is worth elaboration.  Specifically, opponents of the dam, and one would have to assume the dam's proponents as well, clearly understood the ecological damage that would ensue from blocking the river.  Regarded as Luddites opposed to progress at the time and over the course of history, they, in fact, provided an important critique and dissent.

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

Evergreen taught me to work in a cross-disciplinary way, to work cooperatively with others and to put a lot of time in to editing.  David Hitchens, Don Finkle and David Marr had the strongest influence on me in my aspirations to write and be a professor.