New biography Of Everglades champion Marjorie Stoneman Douglas04/23/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity, Iâ€™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 Floridaâ€™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).