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Nature, Business, and Community in North Carolina's Green Swamp$
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Tycho de Boer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032481

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032481.001.0001

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“The Magic Wand of Capital and Enterprise”

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Nature, Business, and Community in North Carolina's Green Swamp

Tycho De Boer

University Press of Florida

This book chronicles the environmental history of Green Swamp, a forest in North Carolina that fell within the complex web of conservation and commerce. This book focuses on Green Swamp wherein it illustrates the struggle of the local area to preserve its natural environment while pursuing economic growth and development. In this study, the complex relationship between the swamp, local inhabitants, and outside entrepreneurs and businessmen is highlighted. The book retraces the history of the swamp: from the growth of agriculture, the discovery of turpentine, and the emergence of lumber industries, and the destruction of the forests due to the rampant use and abuse of the forests. This book also discloses the manner with which the businesses of this region took a leading role on the management and preservation of the environment. This book offers an understanding of the complex and intricate intersections of nature, business, and community.

Keywords:   environmental history, Green Swamp, North Carolina, conservation, commerce, economic growth, lumber industries, business, nature

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