Daegan Miller on the Shifting Meaning of Historical Landmarks
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Daegan Miller is the author of This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent. In this essay, Daegan visits the tree that marks the thousandth westward mile of the Transcontinental Railroad and considers how our historical landmarks have shifted in meaning, leaving us adrift and disoriented in the Anthropocene.
Daegan Miller is a writer, critic, and landscape historian based in Western Massachusetts. He is the author of This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent, one of The Guardian’s Best Books of 2018 and a LitHub Favorite Book of 2018. He earned his MA and PhD from Cornell University and is the recipient of an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His writing has appeared in Guernica, Places Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, and North American Review.