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The Making of Yosemite: James Mason Hutchings and the Origin of America’s Most Popular National Park

Jen Huntleysmith BA ’85, M.A.T. ’87, an environmental historian, examines the complex legacy of James Mason Hutchings, one of the first promoters of Yosemite. She uses his career as a lens through which to view the debates surrounding the creation of Yosemite, and, by extension, America’s emerging ethic of land conservation.

University Press of Kansas, 2011. 232 pages. $35.

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