Conservationist and Indigenous Responses to the Near Extinction of the Bison

Timothy Sweet

West Virginia University

Tim Sweet, Eberly Family Professor of American Literature at West Virginia University, is the author of several publications in the environmental humanities, including American Georgics: Economy and Environment in Early American Literature (Pennsylvania, 2002). His paper is drawn from his current project, Extinction and the Human. Other publications include Traces of War: Poetry, Photography, and the Crisis of the Union (Johns Hopkins, 1990), and edited collection, Literary Cultures of the Civil War (Georgia, 2016), and essays in journals including AL, ALH, EAL, ISLE, and J19.


Sweet, “Conservationist and Indigenous Responses.” Responding to the drastic decimation of the bison population (c. 1880s), conservationist writers apportioned responsibility and agency among indigenous plains peoples,... [ view full abstract ]


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