marjorieHCarrMarjorie Harris Carr

Peggy Macdonald, an adjunct professor of history at Stetson University, has written the first full-length biography of Marjorie Harris Carr, the self-described “housewife from Micanopy,” who in reality struggled to balance career and family with her husband, Archie, a pioneering conservation biologist.

For 35 years, Carr tirelessly led a coalition of citizen activists in the continuing battle to protect and restore the Ocklawaha River. To this day, this little-known river in the heart of Central Florida remains blocked by the remnants of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project that Carr and her fellow Florida Defenders of the Environment (FDE) activists stopped before its construction was completed.

“Marjorie Harris Carr” is an intimate look at a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to conserving Florida’s unique environment.

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