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The Day Before America
History and prehistory come alive in this extraordinary account of America as it was before it got its name. Drawing on the works of anthropologists, geologists, and other academic experts, William H. MacLeish roams over 18,000 years of the continent's history, exploring the awesome transformations of the ice age (and the inevitability of its return), the ecological effect ...more
Published September 1st 1994 by Houghton Mifflin
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This is a sort of antidote to both the histories glorifying the people who came to this continent from Europe, and the histories that sentimentalize the native Americans. The author explains that all human societies have an effect on the natural environment, and the "Indians" of North and Central America were not completely different from the Europeans. The Indians (Indios) were fewer in number and did not have draft animals, until the whites came bringing horses and oxen. The lack of such draft ...more