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John Adams details the dynamics in the struggle of private interests and public institutions to cooperate in the taming of the Colorado. The Great Depression further constricted private capital available for large-scale reclamation projects, but the New Deal entered into the effort. With seasoned Texas politicians in Washington, millions of dollars in federal funds were channeled into the Lower Colorado River Authority. The Lower Colorado River Authority resulted in a system of dams, reservoirs, and hydroelectric power stations.
Intensive research in primary documents, including four sets of presidential papers, and in state and national archives has enabled Adams to trace the development of the accord and relationships between private utility interests, conservationists, and politicians that finally dammed the Colorado and further cemented the precedent for federally funded water and reclamation projects in the West.
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|Chapter 1.||Floods in Texas: Early Background||3|
|Chapter 2.||The New Deal in Texas: The Long Arm of the Federal Government||24|
|Chapter 3.||Construction and Conflict: Growing Pains of the Lower Colorado River Authority||43|
|Chapter 4.||Marshall Ford Dam: The 1938 Flood||66|
|Chapter 5.||Colorado Lights: Texas' Little TVA||93|