Vision in the Desert: Carl Hayden and Hydropolitics in the American Southwest / Edition 1

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Set in both the arid lands of Arizona and the political backdrop of Washington, D.C., Vision in the Desert documents the life and career of longtime Arizona senator, Carl Hayden. One of the most powerful figures in the United States Congress, Hayden's public service career, centered on water and its distribution, is inseparable from the history of the West and the development of arid lands.

Elected to the House of Representatives in 1911, Hayden began a fifty-seven-year career in the U.S. Congress, serving as a Democratic House Representative for fifteen years and then as a Senator from 1927 to 1969.

The issues of the development of the Colorado River occupied the majority of Hayden's congressional work. The authorization of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) in 1968, at the end of the senator's long career, highlights all of Hayden's efforts concerning this lifestream of the Southwest, making possible the distribution of water to the growing urban areas of Phoenix and Tucson.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875653105
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Historian, Fulbright scholar, and native Arizonan, Jack L. August Jr.. is executive director of the Barry Goldwater Center for the Southwest and Visiting Scholar in Legal History, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. He is the former director of the Arizona Historical Foundation and has served as a professor of history at Arizona State University and Prescott College. August has published extensively on the American West.
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Table of Contents

I The Vision 9
II "A Man of Sterling Character" 35
III The Indian Card 43
IV Origins of the Colorado River Controversy in the Southwest 69
V The Battle Within 95
VI Leader of the Opposition 119
VII Adversity and Opportunity 139
VIII "My Patience Has Been Exhausted": Passage and Triumph 175
IX "Arizona's Most Distinguished Citizen" 205
Notes 215
Bibliography 269
Index 283
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