Articles and Speeches Available for Download

Copies of Cronon's presidential columns for the American Historical Association: HTML

"Advice Against Despair: Caring for the Whole ... and for Ourselves," Commencement Address, Northland College, May 27, 2006. HTML

"Caretaking Tales: Beyond Crisis and Salvation," in The Story Handbook: Language and Storytelling for Land Conservationists (San Francisco: Center for Land and People of the Trust for Public Land, 2002), 87-93. PDF

"Conservation and Patriotism: A Conversation with William Cronon," William Poole, Land and Life, Trust for Public Land, December 2006. PDF

"An Environmentalist on a Different Path: A Fresh View of the Supposed 'Wilderness' and even the Indians' Place in It".The New York Times. April 3, 1999. pg. B7. pdf

"Getting Ready to Do History," Carnegie Essays on the Doctorate, 2004. PDF

"A Great Undergraduate University," in David Ward and Noel Radomski, eds., Proud Traditions and Future Challenges: The University of Wisconsin-Madison Celebrates 150 Years (Madison: Office of the Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999), 203-24. PDF

"Kennecott Journey: The Paths out of Town," in Wiliam Cronon, George Miles, Jay Gitlin, eds., Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America's Western Past (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1992), 28-51. PDF

"Landscape and Home: Environmental Traditions in Wisconsin ," Wisconsin Magazine of History 74:2 (Winter, 1990-91), 83-105. PDF

"Only Connect...: The Goals of a Liberal Education". The American Scholar. 1998. 67(4). HTML PDF

"A Place for Stories: Nature, History, and Narrative," Journal of American History 78:4 (March, 1992), p.1347-1376. PDF

"The Riddle of the Apostle Islands: How Do You Manage a Wilderness Full of Human Stories". Orion. May/June, 2003. pp. 36-42. PDF

"Saving the Land We Love: Land Conservation and American Values," Plenary Address to the Land Trust Alliance National Rally, Madison, Wisconsin, October 17, 2005. PDF

“Inconstant Unity: The Passion of Frank Lloyd Wright,” in Terence Riley, ed., Frank Lloyd Wright: Architect (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1994), 8-31. PDF

"This Land is Your Land: Turning to Nature in a Time of Crisis". Audubon. January/February, 2002. pp. 1-4. PDF

"The Trouble with Wilderness, or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature," in William Cronon, ed., Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature (W. W. Norton, 1995, 69-90). HTML PDF

"The Uses of Environmental History" (Presidential Address, American Society for Environmental History), Environmental History Review, 17:3 (Fall 1993), p.1-22. PDF

"Why the Past Matters," Wisconsin Magazine of History, 84:1 (Autumn 2000), p.2-13. Awarded the William Best Hesseltine Award for the best article published in the Wisconsin Magazine of History in 2000-2001. PDF