The Future Of The Southern Plains / Edition 1

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In The Future of the Southern Plains, scholars bring the region to the forefront by asking important questions about its past and suggesting prospects for its future. The contributors, some of them natives of the region, bring to their work a blend of scholarship and personal experience. They match intellectual sophistication with deep affection for a place defined primarily as western Texas, Oklahoma, and eastern New Mexico. Within this volume is a story about America, a story about limits, and a story about challenging those limits.

Seven historians, one geographer, and a paleoclimatologist contribute a wealth of observation, analysis, and commentary on the environmental characteristics and history of the Southern Plains. They address such themes as failing communities, scarce water, endangered species, and disappearing ways of lifeā€”and the possible results of these developments not only in the Southern Plains but elsewhere on the globe.

Based on presentations at a symposium sponsored by the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University, these essays treat the most important aspects of life on the Southern Plains today, from climate, politics, and religion to business and environmental renewal.

Contributors and topics include:

  • Sherry L. Smith: Introduction
  • Dan Flores: Environmental destruction and preservation
  • John Miller Morris: Corporations and family farms
  • Diana Davids Olien: Oil production
  • John Opie: Water management
  • Jeff Roche: Political history
  • Yolanda Romero: Political history
  • Elliott West: Exploration
  • Connie Woodhouse: Droughts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806137353
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherry L. Smith is Professor of History and Associate Director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is the author of Reimagining Indians: Native Americans through Anglo Eyes, 1880-1940 and Sagebrush Soldier: Private William Earl Smith's View of the Sioux War of 1876 (OU Press).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Trails and footprints : the past of the future southern plains 17
Ch. 2 When corporations rule the Liano Estacado : the glorious past and uncertain future of the southern high plains family farm 44
Ch. 3 Droughts of the past, implications for the future? 95
Ch. 4 A tale of two water management districts : saving a working future for the high plains 114
Ch. 5 Exploitationists and depletionists : petroleum in the future of the southern plains 151
Ch. 6 Identity and conservative politics on the southern plains 169
Ch. 7 Hispanics on the Texas south plains 199
Ch. 8 Loving the plains, hating the plains, restoring the plains 219
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