Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency: The Progressive Conservation Movement, 1890-1920 / Edition 1

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Overview

The relevance and importance of Samuel P. Hay's book, Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency, has only increased over time. Written almost half a century ago, it offers an invaluable history of the conservation movement's origins, and provides an excellent context for understanding contemporary enviromental problems and possible solutions. Against a background of rivers, forests, ranges, and public lands, this book defines two conflicting political processes: the demand for an integrated, controlled development guided by an elite group of scientists and technicians and the demand for a looser system allowing grassroots impulses to have a voice through elected government representatives.

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<:st> First published in 1959 by Harvard University Press, this venerable treatise examines the political structure and system of power and decision-making during the Progressive Era through the prism of the conservation movement. Cited in Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822957027
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

I Introduction 1
II Store the Floods 5
III Woodman, Spare that Tree 27
IV Range Wars and Range Conservation 49
V The Public Land Question 66
VI Taming the Nation's Rivers 91
VII The Conservation Crusade 122
VIII Conflict over Conservation Policy 147
IX Organized Conservation in Decline 175
X The Corps of Engineers Fights Water Conservation 199
XI Congress Rejects Coordinated Development 219
XII The West Against Itself 241
XIII The Conservation Movement and the Progressive Tradition 261
Bibliographical Note 277
Index 283
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