While reporting on citizens fighting natural gas pipelines and transmission lines planned to cut right across their homes, Howard Mansfield saw the emotional toll of these projects. “They got under the skin,” writes Mansfield. “This was about more than kilowatts, powerlines, and pipelines. Something in this upheaval felt familiar. I began to realize that I was witnessing an essential American experience: the world turned upside down. And it all turned on one word: property.”
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About the Author
Howard Mansfield is the author of nine books about preservation, architecture, and history, most recently Summer Over Autumn (Bauhan 2017). He has contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post, Historic Preservation, and Yankee. He and his wife, writer Sy Montgomery, live in a 130-year-old house in Hancock, New Hampshire.
Table of Contents
1 Sacred Property
Desert Teachings 19
Land Rush: A Brief History of Turning the World Upside Down 32
Land of Many Uses 51
The Last Medieval Claim 62
2 What Am I Going to Lose?
The Ballad of Romaine Tenney 82
My Roots Are Deeper than Your Pockets 97
The Pipeline in the Neighborhood 108
Three Beautiful Days on a Warming Planet 128
Epilogue Finding the Good Life in Broken Town 146