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Water and American Government

Donald Pisani

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230309
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927582 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230309.001.0001
Water and American Government

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This book's history of perhaps the boldest economic and social program ever undertaken in the United States—to reclaim and cultivate vast areas of previously unusable land across the country—shows in detail how ambitious government programs fall prey to the power of local interest groups and the federal system of governance itself. What began as the underwriting of a variety of projects to create family farms and farming communities had become by the 1930s a massive public works and regional development program, with an emphasis on the urban as much as on the rural West.

Keywords: unusable land; government programs; local interest groups; federal system; family farms; farming communities; regional development program; rural West

Book.  408 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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Saving Lost Lives in Water and American Government

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The Perils of Public Works in Water and American Government

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An Administrative Morass in Water and American Government

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Boom, Bust, and Boom in Water and American Government

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Uneasy Allies in Water and American Government

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Case Studies in Water and Power in Water and American Government

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Wiring the New West in Water and American Government

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Gateway to the Hydraulic Age in Water and American Government

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