Rivers by Design: State Power and the Origins of U. S. Flood Control

Rivers by Design: State Power and the Origins of U. S. Flood Control

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by Karen M. O'Neill
     
 

A sociological history of flood control politics that examines how local and regional pro-growth interests organized to press the federal government to protect land from flooding, and how this action altered the relationship between regions and the federa

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A sociological history of flood control politics that examines how local and regional pro-growth interests organized to press the federal government to protect land from flooding, and how this action altered the relationship between regions and the federa

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822337737
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Karen M. O’Neill is Assistant Professor of Human Ecology and an associate member of the Graduate Program in Sociology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

Table of Contents

Tables and Maps ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xxi

I. Rivers and State Authority 1

1. Infrastructure Builds the State 3

2. The Founding Principles of River Development 13

II. Regional Competition and the Rise of the Flood Control Campaign 27

3. The Mississippi River: Becoming the Nation’s River 31

4. The Mississippi River: Resentment Leading to Civil War 43

5. The Mississippi River: Postwar Reunification, Postwar Aid 56

6. The Sacramento River: Miners versus Farmers 68

7. The Sacramento River: Capitalists Unify for Development 80

III. Redesigning Rivers in the National Interest 97

8. Federal Aid for the Mississippi and Sacramento Rivers 99

9. The Fully Designed River 128

10. A Nationwide Program for Flood Control 150

11. Rivers by Design 179

Appendix 1. Mississippi Valley River Improvement Conventions 187

Appendix 2. Mississippi River Levee Association, Executive Committee 197

Notes 199

Bibliography 243

Index 265

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