Water,Land,and Law in the West: The Limits of Public Policy,1850-1920

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"Over the past decade, Donald J. Pisani has proven himself to be one of the nation's most thoughtful and meticulous scholars of natural resource law and its history. This book gathers together his most important essays. It is a collection that every student of American conservation policy will want to own."—William J. Cronon, author of Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West, 1848-1893

"Pisani's great scholarly virtue is his ability to reveal in the making and implementation of public policy the actual ...

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Overview

"Over the past decade, Donald J. Pisani has proven himself to be one of the nation's most thoughtful and meticulous scholars of natural resource law and its history. This book gathers together his most important essays. It is a collection that every student of American conservation policy will want to own."—William J. Cronon, author of Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West, 1848-1893

"Pisani's great scholarly virtue is his ability to reveal in the making and implementation of public policy the actual environmental consequences for people and the land. These essays show why he is a leading scholar of the American West."—Richard White, author of The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815

"Each of Pisani's pieces is a model of scholarship and makes a significant contribution in its own right. Collectively, they should prove invaluable to scholars in a wide range of disciplines."—Norris Hundley, author of The Great Thirst: Californians and Water, 1770s-1990s

"A remarkable body of work that serves as a model for understanding the underlying premises of a society and its relationship to the physical world."—Hal K. Rothman, editor of Environmental History Review

Author Biography: Donald J. Pisani, Merrick Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, is the author of To Reclaim a Divided West: Water, Law, and Public Policy, 1848-1902, and From Family Farm to Agribusiness: The Irrigation Crusade in California and the West, 1850-1931.

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The series presents an interdisciplinary approach to the use and misuse of resources in the American West. This volume comprises essays written between 1982 and 1994, and previously published in journals such as Western Historical Quarterly, J. of American History, and Environmental History Review). Pisani, one of the nation's leading environmental and Western historians, highlights the central role played by land, water, and timber allocation in the American West, and shows how efforts to achieve justice and efficiency were compromised by the region's obsession with achieving rapid economic growth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700611119
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Development of Western Resources Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Pt. 1 Water Law 1
1 Enterprise and Equity: A Critique of Western Water Law in the Nineteenth Century 7
2 The Origins of Western Water Law: Case Studies from Two California Mining Districts 24
3 State vs. Nation: Federal Reclamation and Water Rights in the Progressive Era 38
Pt. 2 Land 51
4 Squatter Law in California, 1850-1858 57
5 Land Monopoly in Nineteenth-Century California 86
6 George Maxwell, the Railroads, and American Land Policy, 1899-1904 102
Pt. 3 Forests, Conservation, and Bureaucracy 119
7 Forests and Conservation, 1865-1890 124
8 Forests and Reclamation, 1891-1911 141
Pt. 4 Federal Reclamation 159
9 Irrigation, Water Rights, and the Betrayal of Indian Allotment 164
10 Reclamation and Social Engineering in the Progressive Era 180
Afterword 195
Notes 199
Index 259
Source Note 273
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