New biography Of Everglades champion Marjorie Stoneman Douglas04/23/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity, I’m Rob Lorei.
Our guest today has written the first comprehensive biography of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas.
Douglas was the long time Miami resident who championed Everglades protection and was Florida’s leading environmentalist for most of the 20th Century. Douglas was also a suffragist, a supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment and a champion of social justice.
Her book entitled The Everglades: River of Grass, published in 1947, served to bring public attention to the Everglades at a time when people looked upon the Everglades as little more than a swamp.
University of Florida History professor Jack E. Davis has just written a new book about Douglas called An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (University of Georgia Press).