Cornfields, soybean fields, alfalfa fields… Indiana has long been considered farmland. But in order to make it a profitable agricultural situation, most of the land must be cleared, leaving the destroyed homes. Limberlost, a wetland in northern Indiana, has been destroyed by irrigation, logging, and oil production.
Gene Stratton-Porter, a 20th-century historian, captured the beauty of the swamp in books like A Girl of the Limberlost, a novel about an intelligent, ambitious girl of her own. and his mother lives in a failing wetland and pays for it. schools by collecting local species of moths to sell to naturalists.
The book is not exactly an environmental tract, but it pretends to be: it makes the beauty and richness of the swamp while showing how simple economic power makes the owners of the land robs them.
Gene Stratton-Porter (August 17, 1863 – December 6, 1924), born Geneva Grace Stratton, was an American author, wildlife photographer, and naturalist from Wabash County, Indiana.
In 1917, Stratton-Porter requested congressional support for the protection of Limberlost Swamp and other Indiana wetlands. He was also a silent film producer who founded his own production company, Gene Stratton Porter Productions, in 1924.
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