AP U.S. History 2.3 Period 6: 1865-1898. The conservation movement, as expressed above, emerged at this time...why?
|AP U.S. History||Period 6: 1865-1898|
|Westward Migration||Competition for Resources and Increasing Violence|
[ mumbling continues ] Franklin Hough.
And the question:
The conservation movement, as expressed above, emerged
at this time... why?
And here are your potential answers.
[ buzzer ]
All right, well, what exactly was the conservation movement?
We can see in the excerpt that folks were starting to worry
about the degradation and destruction of forests,
but, like, why?
Well, let's see which answer can best explain the arrival of
Did the conservation movement emerge at this time A -
as an extension of corporate influence? [ scoffs ]
Well, the people behind this conservation movement were
wealthy sportsmen worried that their hunting territory would
come under the control of big corporations.
So these men created groups like the Sierra Club
to strengthen their voice against corporate influence,
hoping to protect their sacred hunting grounds which were
ideally as far away from the railroads as possible.
Meaning no more A or D.
Maybe the conservation movement came about
B - in order to fight for greater agricultural rights.
Well, actually, this conservation was more about
untouched nature preserves, not highly managed
agricultural land. So let's throw out B, too.
Which means that the conservation movement emerged
C - as a way to preserve land that could
fall out of public control.
Remember those wealthy sportsmen?
Well, they were super concerned about railroads and industries
destroying public lands, so they pressured the government
into establishing protected areas
better known today as state parks.
So C is the right answer. And it's a good thing these
wealthy hunters aren't still lurking around state parks today,
or tourism would be a lot more dangerous.
[ horn honks ]