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Most, if not all, environmental historians are familiar with the work of George Inness. Many of us use his paintings, such as his well-known The Lackawanna Valley (1855), in our lectures because Inness captures, so vividly, the tension during the mid-nineteenth century between a fading agrarianism and the rise of industry. In this month's Gallery essay, Steven Stoll brings a fresh perspective to Inness's work through his analysis of the artist's later paintings, including Short Cut, Watchung Station, New Jersey (1883). Stoll argues against interpreting these images as either a nostalgic call for a return to an agrarian past or an ambivalent assessment of changing times. Rather, he asserts that Inness is taking a political stand by portraying the real-life conditions of rural people on the cusp of losing their household economy to industrial forces. Stoll revises common assumptions about Inness's work by interpreting visual elements of the paintings within the context of the artist's outspoken political support for the rights of the rural poor, as advocated by Henry George. After reading Stoll's Gallery essay, many of us may have to go back, take a new look, and revise our own lectures on the Hudson River School.
—Neil M. Maher and Cindy Ott
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Editor in chief Lisa Brady contributed to a story on environmental history on the BBC 4 program, Making History.
Graphics Editor Cindy Ott recently contributed a blog about Giant Pumpkins to OUPblog, expanding on her 2010 Gallery piece on the same subject (15:4).
A recent article in Bowdoin College's Bowdoin Daily Sun highlights Wallace Scot McFarlane's April 2012 EH piece on the Androscoggin River, including an interview with McFarlane about his research. MacFarlane's work is also highlighted on the Oxford University Press blog.
Winner of the Jack Temple Kirby Prize for 2011
Congratulations to James C. Giesen of Mississippi State University, whose article, "'The Truth about the Boll Weevil': The Nature of Planter Power in the Mississippi Delta" (Environmental History 14, no. 4 (October 2009): 683-704), was selected as the inaugural winner of the Jack Temple Kirby Award. Read more...
Winner of the Coffman Prize for 2011
Congratulations to Kathryn S. Meier of the University of Scranton, this year's winner of the Coffman Prize for her manuscript "The Seasoned Soldier: Coping with the Environment in Civil War Virginia." Read more. . .
Winner of the Joel A. Tarr Envirotech Article Prize for 2011
We are pleased to announce that Christopher F. Jones is the winner of the 2011 Joel A. Tarr Envirotech Prize for his article, "A Landscape of Energy Abundance: Anthracite Coal Canals and the Roots of American Fossil Fuel Dependence, 1820-1860," "Environmental History" 15 (July 2010): 449-484. Read more. . .
On the behalf of the prize committee: Timothy LeCain, Erik Rau, and Heike Weber.