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Water and American Government: The Reclamation Bureau, National Water Policy, and the West, 1902-1935

Donald Pisani


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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520230309
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230309.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Pisani, author