Acadia Senior College

Course offerings

The Politics of Land Fever, Trade and the American Hinterland 1763-2021

Gregory Bush

Online via Zoom
This course will examine the historical interplay between land value and the expansion of settlement in North America from colonial days to the present. It will include the role of trade and government, ethnic conflict over land, sectional power, mythical notions of wilderness and the creation of public parks. Related concerns such as winter and summer tourism in Florida and Maine, the evolution of western heroes, sub-urbanization, and environmental regulation will be discussed. The course will challenge participants to re-examine their own notions of the American dream.
About the instructor

Gregory Bush retired in 2018 as Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Public History at the University of Miami. He received degrees from Colgate, George Washington and Columbia. He was a founder and President of the Urban Environment League, the chair of the City of Miami’s Parks Advisory Board, as well as chair of the Virginia Key Advisory Board. He is the founder of the Florida Moving Image Archive and author of several books, including White Sand Black Beach: Civil Rights, Public Space and Miami’s Virginia Key (2016, U Press of Fla), Lord of Attention: Gerald Stanley Lee and the Crowd Metaphor in Industrializing America (1991, U, Mass Press) as well as Miami: A Tropical Crossroad (1996, Prentice Hall, with Arva Moore Parks McCabe). He is now President of Nature Links Maine (, an organization he founded in Miami in 2007.

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