REVIEWS Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South. Jack Temple Kirby. The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, . xx and pp., notes, index, maps, illustrations, photographs. $. cloth (ISBN -). david s. hardin Longwood University In Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South, historian Jack Temple Kirby takes on the grand scope of the environmental history of the American South from prehistoric times to the present. Kirby describes the book as ``[n]either a text nor a comprehensive survey nor a specialized monograph'' (p. xiv). What he has done-- with considerable artistic flair, insight, bursts of both pessimism and optimism, and a clear love of most things Southern-- is craft an eclectic, idiosyncratic, poetic, nostalgic, cautionary, and perhaps prophetic account of the ever-changing relationships between Southerners and their diverse environments. Mockingbird Song covers a plethora of subjects and Kirby draws from a vast array of materials and inspirations: from historical accounts to academic treatments to literature and even movies. Readers of this journal will be gratified to know that Kirby hails the contributions of geographers as ``irreplaceable to the student of landscapes'' (p. xvii). Unlike so many historians, he does not neglect geographers' tools and includes
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Published: Jul 10, 2008
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