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Public Lands and Political Meaning: Ranchers, the Government, and the Property between Them

Karen Merrill

Abstract

The history of the American West is a history of struggles over land, and none has inspired so much passion and misunderstanding as the conflict between ranchers and the federal government over public grazing lands. Drawing upon neglected sources from organized ranchers, this is the first book to provide an historically based explanation for why the relationship between ranchers and the federal government became so embattled long before modern environmentalists became involved in the issue. Reconstructing the increasingly contested interpretations of the meaning of public land administration, ... More

Keywords: American West, public lands, ranchers, federal government, public land management, public range policy, sagebrush rebellions, federal land agencies, property

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520228627
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520228627.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Merrill, author