Water and American Government
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Water and American Government

The Reclamation Bureau, National Water Policy, and the West, 1902-1935
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ISBN-13:
9780520927582
Seiten:
408
Autor:
Donald J. Pisani
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Donald Pisani's history of perhaps the boldest economic and social program ever undertaken in the United States--to reclaim and cultivate vast areas of previously unusable land across the country—shows in fascinating detail how ambitious government programs fall prey to the power of local interest groups and the federal system of governance itself. What began as the underwriting of a variety of projects to create family farms and farming communities had become by the 1930s a massive public works and regional development program, with an emphasis on the urban as much as on the rural West.
Donald Pisani's history of perhaps the boldest economic and social program ever undertaken in the United States--to reclaim and cultivate vast areas of previously unusable land across the country—shows in fascinating detail how ambitious government programs fall prey to the power of local interest groups and the federal system of governance itself. What began as the underwriting of a variety of projects to create family farms and farming communities had become by the 1930s a massive public works and regional development program, with an emphasis on the urban as much as on the rural West.
List of Maps
Preface and Acknowledgments



1. Saving Lost Lives:

Irrigation and the Ideology of Homemaking



2. The Perils of Public Works:

Federal Reclamation, 1902–1909



3. Case Studies in Irrigation and Community:

Twin Falls and Rupert



4. An Administrative Morass:

Federal Reclamation, 1909–1917



5. Boom, Bust, and Boom:

Federal Reclamation, 1917–1935



6. Uneasy Allies:

The Reclamation Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs



7. Case Studies in Water and Power:

The Yakima and the Pima



8. Wiring the New West:

The Strange Career of Public Power



9. Gateway to the Hydraulic Age:

Water Politics, 1920–1935



10. Conclusion:



Retrospect and Significance

Abbreviations

Notes

Index

Illustrations follow page 000.