The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers

The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers

by Martin Doyle


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“An original and thought-provoking exploration of the sinuous course that water has carved through our economic and political landscape.” —Gerard Helferich, Wall Street Journal

In a powerful work of environmental history, Martin Doyle tells the epic story of America and its rivers, from the U.S. Constitution’s roots in interstate river navigation, to the failure of the levees in Hurricane Katrina and the water wars in the west. Through his own travels and his encounters with experts all over the country—a Mississippi River tugboat captain, an Erie Canal lock operator, a project manager buying water rights for farms along the Colorado River—Doyle reveals the central role rivers have played in American history and how vital they are to its future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393242355
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 294,776
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Martin Doyle is director of the Water Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and a professor of river science and policy at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He lives in North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part 1 Federalism

Chapter 1 Navigating the Republic 17

Chapter 2 Life on the Mississippi 43

Chapter 3 The Rise of the Levees 59

Chapter 4 Flood Control 78

Part 2 Sovereignty and Property

Chapter 5 Water Wars 115

Chapter 6 A New Water Market 140

Part 3 Taxation

Chapter 7 Running Water 159

Chapter 8 Burning Rivers 185

Part 4 Regulation

Chapter 9 Regulating Power 219

Chapter 10 The Power of a River 230

Part 5 Conservation

Chapter 11 Channelization 257

Chapter 12 The Restoration Economy 283

Acknowledgments 307

Illustration Credits 311

Notes 313

Index 335

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