The move back to a health-giving nature did not preclude or contradict a move forward into modernity. The move back ensured that Americans would maintain the racial, physical, and mental strength to move into a future where the ever more complete control of nature was the goal. The retreat was a key component of the advance. The conception of American nature as America’s best defense against bodily, mental, and cultural decay is still very much with us, a product, in part, of those writers like Monroe, Pound, and Moore, who transmuted the myth into art and made nature modern.
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