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PRESS RELEASE FOR:
Saving Florida: Women's Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century
AVAILABLE: MAY 12
Florida is renowned for its beautiful beaches, natural springs, and subtropical wilderness, but it is widely joked that the official bird should be the construction crane. Dredge-and-fill projects, air pollution, and pesticides spread so uncontrollably during the twentieth century that they sparked an environmental movement within the state, and those who led the fight were very often women.
Saving Florida reveals how women's clubs prompted legislation to establish Florida's first state park, which became the core of Everglades National Park, in 1916--before women even had the right to vote. It tells the story of Doris Leeper, who convinced her community and local government to protect a 24-mile stretch of sandy beach that is now the breathtaking Canaveral National Seashore. It remembers Clara Dommerich, who summoned the "Who's Who" of Central Florida to her living room for the first meeting of the Florida Audubon Society. And it celebrates the towering environmental legacy of the three "Marjories": author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, scientist Marjorie Harris Carr, and journalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
These and many other women led the fight for unprecedented changes in how the Sunshine State reveres its unique natural resources. They set the foundation for this century's environmental agenda, which came to include the idea of sustainable development. As a collective force they forever altered how others saw women's roles in society.
HISTORY@UF, The official blog of the University of Florida History Department blogs about Saving Florida.
April 3, 2015 article on: DR. LESLIE POOLE HAS BOOKED IT.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
University Press of Florida
May 7, 2015
Saving Florida gives long-overdue credit to female environmentalists
Gainesville, Fla.--The significant role of women in Florida's environmental movement is brought to light by historian Leslie Kemp Poole in Saving Florida, released this May.
"Saving Florida gives long-overdue recognition to the women who shaped the state's environmental movement and saved Florida's water, land, and quality of life from worse destruction," says Cynthia Barnett, author of Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis. Dredge-and-fill projects, air pollution and pesticides in the early twentieth century sparked an environmental movement within the state. Many people don't realize that those who led the fight were very often women.
Discover never-before-told stories of the women who established the core of Everglades National Park, protected Canaveral National Seashore and hosted the first meeting of the Florida Audubon Society. Celebrate the towering environmental legacy of the three "Marjories"--author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, scientist Marjorie Harris Carr and journalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Poole shows that women were capable of getting environmental protections passed before they even had the right to vote. Women caused unprecedented changes in how the Sunshine State reveres its unique natural resources. They set the foundation for this century's environmental agenda, which came to include the idea of sustainable development. Victoria Tschinkel, vice chairperson of 1000 Friends of Florida, calls the book "a brilliant exposition of the varied types of talent it takes to fight the battles, wars and votes which must be undertaken if even a fraction of Florida's heritage is to be saved."
Leslie Kemp Poole is based in Winter Park, Florida. She teaches in the environmental studies and history departments at Rollins College and is the author of Maitland. She is available for interviews and appearances. Saving Florida is available wherever books are sold.
MORE PRESS FOR SAVING FLORIDA:
May 14, 2015
Florida-based travel blog CARandDINER.com reports on Leslie Poole and Saving Florida.
MONDAY, JUNE 8 - MIAMI BOOK TALK:
Come to Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, in Coral Gables to hear Leslie Poole speak about Saving Florida. Event begins at 8 p.m.! There will be books for sale and Poole will happily sign them.
For more info: BOOKS AND BOOKS.
FROM THE LAKELAND LEDGER, ON SAVING FLORIDA:
May 31, 2015
"Women Credited For Better Environment" review by Tom Palmer in THE LAKELEND LEDGER.
ST. AUGUSTINE RECORD, BOOK REVIEW OF SAVING FLORIDA:
August, 15, 2015
SAVING FLORIDA TED TALK:
November 5, 2015
See Leslie Poole's September 2015 TED TALK in Orlando on the history of women in Florida's environmetal movement.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 - GAINESVILLE BOOK TALK:
Come to the Matheson History Museum, 513 E. University Avenue, to hear Leslie Poole speak about Saving Florida. Event begins at 2:30 p.m. For more details: MATHESON MUSEUM
LESLIE POOLE ARTICLE IN THE TAMPA TRIBUNE:
January 10, 2016
APRIL 8 - 10, 2016 - WORD OF SOUTH FESTIVAL of LITERATURE & MUSIC at Cascades Park in Tallahassee:
Come hear Leslie Poole speak about Saving Florida at this terrific Tallahassee festival that joins great muscicians with great writers. Appearing 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 9 in the Edison Tent with Florida musician Paul Garfinkel!
NEW REVIEW (February 2016) BY HISTORIAN NANCY UNGER IN THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW:
"At first glance Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century is ostensibly the study of the environmental activism of a select group of women within a single state and is thereby likely to attract primarily a regional rather than national readership. But scholars outside of Florida should not let the title fool them into passing by this valuable book. Leslie Kemp Poole makes significant contributions to the broader fields of American history and environmental history by continually placing the actions of Florida women within the context of activists, groups, and events across the country. Florida’s many unique features, from its relatively flat topography to the great natural beauty that led to its long history as a major tourist destination in the Deep South, nonetheless remain the major—and intriguing—focus."
May 17, 2016 - Leslie receives the PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AWARD at EARTHFEST, from the Casselberry Rotary Club. Read about it here in the ST. RICHARD'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH ALMANACK.