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Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Born: Apr 7, 1890

Death: May 14, 1998

Birthplace: Minneapolis

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Date of Birth : Apr 7, 1890
Date of Death : May 14, 1998
Birth Place : Minneapolis

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was an American journalist, writer, feminist, and environmentalist known for her staunch defense of the Everglades against efforts to drain it and reclaim land for development. Moving to Miami as a young woman to work for The Miami Herald, Douglas became a freelance writer, producing over a hundred short stories that were published in popular magazines. Her most influential work was the book The Everglades: River of Grass, which redefined the popular conception of the Everglades as a treasured river instead of a worthless swamp; its impact has been compared to that of Rachel Carson's influential book Silent Spring. Her books, stories, and journalism career brought her influence in Miami, which she used to advance her causes. Even as a young woman Douglas was outspoken and politically conscious of many issues that included women's suffrage and civil rights. She was called upon to take a central role in the protection of the Everglades when she was 79 years old. For the remaining 29 years of her life she was "a relentless reporter and fearless crusader" for the natural preservation and restoration of the nature of South Florida.

Profession


  • Writer
  • Environmentalist

Awards Won


  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
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