on NATURE's BURDENS
About Daniel Nelson
Daniel Nelson grew up in Indiana and Michigan, graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967. He taught History at the University of Akron for thirty years, retiring in 2000.
His books include: Unemployment Insurance, The American Experience, 1915-35 (1969); Managers and Workers: Origins of the New Factory System in the United States, 1880-1920 (1975), revised as Managers and Workers: Origins of the Twentieth Century Factory System (1995); Fredrick W. Taylor and the Rise of Scientific Management (1980); American Rubber Workers & Organized Labor, 1900-1941 (1989); Farm and Factory: Workers in the Midwest, 1880-1990 (1995); Shifting Fortunes: The Rise and Decline of American Labor, from the 1820’s to the Present (1998); Northern Landscapes: The Struggle for Wilderness Alaska (2004); and A Passion for the Land: John F. Seiberling and the Environmental Movement (2009). His edited works include A Mental Revolution: Scientific Management Since Taylor (1992), Life Liberty, and Property (1999) and Nature’s Burdens: Conservation and American Politics, the Reagan Era to the Present (2017).
Nelson is also the author of fourteen book chapters, thirty articles, twenty reference work entries, and more than 100 book reviews.
His academic awards include Phi Beta Kappa, the Clarence A. Kulp Award for Unemployment Insurance, the Alumni Award for Outstanding Research at the University of Akron, the Ohio Academy of History Book Award for American Rubber Workers, A Choice Outstanding Book Award for Shifting Fortunes, and the Alaska History Award for an article drawn from Northern Landscapes. He has received numerous foundation grants and has served on many editorial boards.
Nelson has a life-long interest in outdoor activity and environmental issues. He been an officer of his local Sierra Club group for thirty years and currently serves on the national organization's National Parks and Monuments Committee.
An inveterate hiker, backpacker, and kayaker, he has hiked Vermont's Long Trail end-to-end, taken numerous hiking and rafting trips in Arctic Alaska, and hiked in most of the western states. With his wife, he has nearly completed a long term project of visiting all the U.S. national parks. They are also dedicated organic gardeners.
"The challenges facing us today demand immediate attention...it is essential to have an understanding of what happened in the last half century and what we must avoid in the future."
Nature’s Burdens: Conservation and American Politics, the Reagan Era to the Present (2017)
Books ON CONSERVATION
A Passion for the Land: John F. Seiberling and the Environmental Movement (2009)
The Struggle for Wilderness Alaska (2004)
After a long career as a history professor specializing in labor and business topics, Daniel Nelson in recent years has written extensively about the modern conservation movement and efforts to protect land, water, and wildlife. Three works examine major features of this activity over the last half century.