This paper attempts to put forward an understanding of environmental thought in the early 20th century through a case study of Abby Williams Hill. By examining her stance on environmental issues in comparison with prominent writers and naturalists who preceded her the author suggests both a logical progression of American environmental thought between the early 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as the necessity to acknowledge the differences in perception and action towards nature that Abby Hill pursued throughout her life as an example of the necessity to understand personal and local attitudes towards broader historical themes.

First Advisor

Benjamin Tromly

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in History

Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2014



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