Gateway to the Hydraulic Age

Donald J. Pisani

in Water and American Government

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230309
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927582 | DOI:
Gateway to the Hydraulic Age

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This chapter studies flood control, irrigation, and transportation. It shows that the Boulder Dam eventually became the typical American dam: it stood two hundred feet taller than the Washington Monument and had greater storage capacity. The dam also became a symbol of technological mastery and created an illusion of efficiency and planning. However, the dam also brought an age of policy drift. The chapter then discusses the great Mississippi flood of 1927, before it examines the various high dams that were built after the Boulder Dam was finished. It shows that these dams did not lead to a logical federal water policy.

Keywords: flood control; irrigation; transportation; Boulder Dam; policy drift; Mississippi flood; high dams; federal water policy

Chapter.  17788 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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