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Dr. Andrew Isenberg C.

History Professor

Temple University

HQ Phone: (215) 204-7000

Email: a***@***.edu

Temple University

1801 N Broad St

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

United States

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Founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple College was chartered in 1884 and became Temple University in 1907. Today The comprehensive public research university's 34,000 students can choose from 300 undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs ... more

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Temple University

Chair of History Department
Temple University

Professor of History
Princeton University


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Organization of American Historians

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wyatt earp: A Vigilante Life by ...

www.concordmonitor.com, 29 Sept 2013 [cached]

wyatt earp: A Vigilante Life by Andrew C. Isenberg

wyatt earp: A Vigilante Life by Andrew C. Isenberg
Now comes Andrew C. Isenberg for the prosecution and slays the wandering hero's tales. In their place we are left with a general rounder, bunko artist who inherited a family passion for scamming other people's money and turning a buck as quickly as possible. He also killed a few men, left behind a few women and a couple of close friends. He ran brothels, "invested" in other people's race horses, prize fights and silver mines. Many of which he probably won in a successful life "dealing faro bank" - the principle card game in gambling halls where fast money gathered.
Isenberg is a Temple University history professor whose book is 1/3 footnotes - and interesting ones. Isenberg tells the fascinating tale of the Earps wandering the west.

Big Green TV — The Environmental News & Video Site For All Ages

www.biggreentv.com, 16 April 2012 [cached]

This story is true, to a greater or lesser extent, but the real story, according to environmental historian Andrew C. Isenberg, who teaches at Temple University, is much more complex. Isenberg maintains that in the traditional story of the destruction of the bison, not enough importance is given to two factors: the volatile natural environment of the Great Plains region, and the effect of Euroamerican expansion on the society, economy, health, habitation, and hunting patterns of the Plains Native Americans.

Philadelphia Community Info, Local Events, Forums, Shows, Blogs, & News for the Metro Philly Area

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Dr. Andrew Isenberg Chair of Temple University's History Department will begin Saturday's program with a discussion of historical environmental issues. His talk Environment and History: The Historical Context of Environmental Challenges will focus on how past cultures have attempted to confront environmental problems.

Andrew Isenberg, ...

litsciarts.org, 18 Feb 1998 [cached]

Andrew Isenberg, Princeton University

"The combination of Indian predation and ...

www.exotichobbyist.com, 26 Aug 2004 [cached]

"The combination of Indian predation and environmental change decimated the bison" (Isenberg, p.3).

As such, this book contradicts massive amounts of primary historical sources that show, un-arguably, that the destruction and near extinction of the Bison herds was a direct result of Anglo predation in a direct attempt to destroy the resource base of the Plains Tribes in order to force them onto reservations.
As the other reviewers have pointed out, it is true that the Plains Tribes were not nomadic hunters for all of their history.It is true that the Tribes adopted nomadic hunting as a primary subsistence strategy only after being forced to do so by Anglo aggression and encroachment.
But from that truth, Isenberg moves on to a series of unproven theories based on questionable ecological assumptions that are rooted in the "new ecology" - an ecological theory that describes nature as a disordered, chaotic and individualistic struggle for survival (For info on the "new ecology" see my review of "Discordant Harmonies: A new ecology for the 21st century).
For example, Isenberg bases one of his arguments on the un-proven theory that early Tribal Peoples, thousands of years ago, hunted to extinction many species of large land mammals.
But the story of the Bison is not a pre-historic story.It is a story of modern history and Isenberg presents no historical proof that the Tribes were responsible for the near extinction of the Bison.
Rather, he makes subjective philosophical arguments against "romanticizing" wilderness and Native American cultures.
From there Iverson uses these arguments as a backdrop to a series of environmental statistical analyses.
Basically, Iverson lays out an exponential statistical model where by he argues that, given the estimated number of Bison deaths necessary to sustain the Plains Tribes, eventually the Bison would have been rendered extinct by the Tribes at some point in the future.
Andrew Isenberg, professor of History at Princeton University, has produced a brilliant monograph documenting the relationship between the Plains Indians, whites and the bison that once thrived on the Great Plains. Isenberg carefully presents the ecology of the Great Plaines, demonstrating how tenuous the environment is to begin with: drought and fires can easily destroy the short grass that the bison depend on, causing sudden fluctuations in the herds.Given the already sensitive nature of the bison population, Isenberg then discusses the effect of human hunting.Many readers, accostomed to thinking of the Plains Indians as ancient cultures, practicing a lifestyle as old as time, will be surprised to learn that the tribes of the great plains were largly recent developments.The introduction of the horse in the late 17th century dramatically altered the lifesyles of the plains tribes.Now that horses could be used to follow the bison herds year round, many groups abandoned agriculture and became full time bison hunters.Isenberg documents the rise of trade networks, and the material wealth that Indians were able to accumulate in the beaver and bison pelt trade.
Andrew Isenberg's "The Destruction of the Bison" shows that the interaction between ecology, culture and economy contributes the the destruction of bison.Unlike most historians who contributes the environmental degradation to Euro-Americans, Isenberg shows that Native Americans also play a role in modifying the ecology.He is able to show how introduction of horses, made Native Americans became more mobile and therefore were able to hunt the bison while riding their horses.

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