Interviews | By Kevin C. Brown |

November 5, 2014 James Morton Turner, an associate professor of environmental studies at Wellesley College, is the author of The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics Since 1964. In that year, Congress overwhelmingly voted to pass the Wilderness Act, creating a process for the designation of wilderness areas on federal land across the country.

This is the first part of a two-part interview with Turner. Here, he discusses the politics of public lands in the United States, how the wilderness movement played a role in the development of environmentalism, and how the Wilderness Act and other restrictions on public lands became a target for a political backlash.

Click here for part 2 of the interview.


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