Seeing Things Whole: The Essential John Wesley Powell / Edition 1

Seeing Things Whole: The Essential John Wesley Powell / Edition 1

by William deBuys, John Wesley Powell
     
 

John Wesley Powell was the last of the nation's great continental explorers and America's first great bioregional thinker. In Seeing Things Whole: The Essential John Wesley Powell, award-winning writer and historian William deBuys brilliantly sets the historical context, bringing together selections from Powell's work ranging from a gripping account of his epic… See more details below

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John Wesley Powell was the last of the nation's great continental explorers and America's first great bioregional thinker. In Seeing Things Whole: The Essential John Wesley Powell, award-winning writer and historian William deBuys brilliantly sets the historical context, bringing together selections from Powell's work ranging from a gripping account of his epic descent of the Colorado River to his views on the evolution of civilization, along with the seminal writings in which he set forth his ideas on western settlement and resource management. What his work and life reveal to us is an enduringly valuable way of thinking about land, water, and society as parts of an interconnected whole.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559638739
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Series:
Pioneers of Conservation Series
Pages:
402
Sales rank:
1,439,969
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Maps and Photographs
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Seeing Things Whole1
Biographical Chronology25
Pt. IDown the Colorado: Letters from the Wilderness Post
Selection 1The Party Has Reached This Point in Safety39
Selection 2The Wreck of the No-Name41
Pt. IIVoyage into the Great Unknown
Selection 3Through the Grand Canyon from the Little Colorado to the Virgin River61
Pt. IIIAmong the Natives of the Colorado Plateau
Selection 4Camped with Shivwits and the Fate of the Separated Three99
Selection 5The Ancient Province of Tusayan107
Pt. IVReport on the Lands of the Arid Region
Selection 6Preface and Table of Contents149
Selection 7Physical Characteristics of the Arid Region156
Selection 8The Land System Needed for the Arid Region185
Pt. VThe Nation's Expert
Selection 9Tree on Arid Lands219
Selection 10The Lesson of Conemaugh226
Selection 11Address to the Montana Constitutional Convention235
Pt. VIAdvice for the Century
Selection 12The Irrigable Lands of the Arid Region225
Selection 13The Non-Irrigable Lands of the Arid Region281
Selection 14Institutions for the Arid Lands299
Pt. VIIA Philosopher for Humankind
Selection 15From Barbarism to Civilization325
Selection 16Competition as a Factor in Human Evolution340
Works by John Wesley Powell359
Secondary Works Cited369
Index375

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