Hands on the Land: A History of the Vermont Landscape
By Jan Albers
Albers examines the history–natural, environmental, social, and ultimately human–of one of America’s most cherished landscapes: Vermont, and shows how Vermont has come to stand for the ideal of unspoiled rural community, examining both the basis of the state’s pastoral image and the equally real toll taken by the pressure of human hands on the land. She shows that like any landscape, the Vermont landscape reflects the human decisions that have been made about it–and that the more a community understands about how such decisions have been made, the better will be its future decisions.
Published by the MIT Press, 2002. Hardcover, 320 pages, full-color illustrations. Includes index.