DEATH IN THE EVERGLADES The Murder of Guy Bradley, America's First Martyr to Environmentalism

Author: McIver (Stuart B.)
Year: 2003
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Edition Details: 1st US Edn.
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 9780813026718
Price: 12.00
Hardback. The murder of Guy Bradley represented a mile-stone not only in the saga of the Everglades but also in the broader history of American environmentalism. This fascinating biography of his abbreviated but eventful life is emblematic of the struggle to tame the Florida frontier without destroying it. As the author unfolds the story behind this famous but little-known crime, he also provides a window into Florida history during the creation of modern South Florida. At the turn of the century, the mass killing of egrets and other plume birds for feathers to adorn women's hats was a serious concern among the nation's growing cadre of environmentalists, especially among those who belonged to the Audubon Society, the conservation organisation founded in 1886. In 1901, at the urging of Audubon Society leaders and the American Ornithologists' Union, the Florida legislature enacted a bird protection law that provided for the hiring of local game wardens, and a year later Guy Bradley assumed the dual role of Monroe County's game warden and deputy sheriff. For the next 3yrs, from 1902 to 1905, Bradley matched wits and sometimes weapons with an array of plume hunters and other nefarious characters; some were strangers but many were friends or acquaintances. In the end, Bradley was shot and killed by Walter Smith, a man he had known for nearly a decade. How this murder came about, what happened to Smith and others left behind, and how Bradley's demise and subsequent controversies affected the environmental movement are intriguing questions that frame the author's richly textured narrative. Illus., Notes, Bibliog. and Index. 187pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in F. dw.


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