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The Green DepressionAmerican Ecoliterature in the 1930s and 1940s$
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Matthew M. Lambert

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496830401

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496830401.001.0001

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(p.167) Conclusion
The Green Depression

Matthew M. Lambert

University Press of Mississippi

In this conclusion, the author reemphasizes arguments made within the preceding chapters. The Green Depression argues that depression-era American literature (and some films) depict ideas that would become associated with environmentalism in the second half of the twentieth century. She focuses on authors from the period whose work echoes changes in conservationist thought, in three areas in particular. Witnessing the severity of the period’s dust storms, widespread flooding, and use of atom bombs, depression-era authors began to more fully articulate the apocalyptic effects that humans can have on the environment. The conclusion highlights other questions that suggest the abundance of further work that can (and should) be done on the role of environmentalist thought in cultural works of the period.

Keywords:   American literature, Environmentalism, Twentieth century, Dust storms, Depression-era

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