Adam Rome

Adam Rome teaches environmental history and environmental nonfiction at the University of Delaware. Before earning his Ph.D. in history, he worked for seven years as a journalist. His first book, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism, won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award and the Lewis Mumford Prize.


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The Genius of Earth Day -Adam Rome at the Boulder Bookstore

Rome gives a talk about the creation of Earth Day at the Boulder Bookstore.

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The History of Earth Day in Seven Minutes: Adam Rome on To The Point

The first Earth day took place on April 22, 1970. It was marked by more than twelve thousand events across the country with more than thirty-five thousand speakers, including some two-thirds of the members of Congress. Millions participated. The first Earth Day was a remarkable success, both as a popular event and in terms of environmental legislation. It led to the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Clean Water Act of 1972, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and to the creation of the Environmental Protect

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Adam Rome and “The Genius of Earth Day” on WHYY's Radio Times

In this hour of Radio Times, Marty talks with author Adam Rome about his new book on the history of Earth Day, its key organizers, and how its legacy can be seen today in the form of greater environmental consciousness and activism throughout the country.

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The Genius of Earth Day

Adam Rome
Hill and Wang

“Rome’s genial new book . . . brings to life another era.” —Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker The first Earth Day is the most famous little-known event in...


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