DeVoto's West : history, conservation, and the public good

by De Voto, Bernard, 1897-1955.

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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction GE155.W47 D4 2005
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  GE155.W47 D4 2005
 
 
Summary
Social commentator and preeminent Western historian Bernard DeVoto vigorously defended public lands in the West against commercial interests. At his death in 1955, DeVoto had won both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes. But he was most famous for his eloquent writing that advocated conservation of America's prairies, rangeland, forests, mountains, canyons, and deserts.DeVoto's West: Essays on History, Conservation, and the Public Good showcases the complexity, depth, and breadth of DeVoto's thinking. Editor Edward K. Muller introduces these twenty-two essays (many of which originally appeared in Harper's renowned column The Easy Chair) that passionately and coherently advocate federal control for vast tracts of public land. DeVoto addressed many issues, including the plundering of resources by absentee eastern corporations, Westerners' conflicted relationship to exploitation, and the degradation of the national parks. He believed that conservation of natural resources in the West required government control of public lands against livestock associations, timber interests, and their congressional allies who plotted the privatization of the national forests and the extraction of resources in the national parks.DeVoto's West collects the best of DeVoto's conservation pieces for the first time. It will introduce a new generation to prose that has retained its relevance and remains a remarkably current and timely argument for protecting public lands. Bernard DeVoto was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1897. He spent his adult life in the East, first teaching English at Northwestern University, Chicago, then living in New York, and finally settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the subject of an acclaimed biography, The Uneasy Chair, by Wallace Stegner.
Contents
[Pt.]1. DeVoto's West: Footnote on the West (1927) ; Fossil remnants of the frontier (1935) ; The West : a plundered province (1934) ; The anxious West (1946) ; The high country (1952)
[Pt.] 2. The Western land grab, 1940s: The West against itself (1947) ; The western land grab (1947) ; U.S. Forest Service and the western land grab (1948) ; Sacred cows and public lands (1948) ; Statesmen on the lam (1948)
[Pt.] 3. Desert, water, and the West: The West (1947) ; Flood in the desert (1952) ; Our hundred year plan (1950) ; And fractions drive me mad (1954)
[Pt.] 4. Protection of the National Parks: National Park Service (1949) ; Shall we let them ruin our National Parks? (1950) ; Let's close the National Parks (1953) ; Intramural giveaway (1954)
[Pt.] 5. The Western land grab, 1950s: Two-gun Desmond is back (1951) ; An old steal refurbished (1952) ; Conservation : down and on the way out (1954) ; One-way partnership derailed (1955).

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Subjects Environmental protection -- West (U.S.)
Conservation of natural resources -- West (U.S.)
Public lands -- West (U.S.)
Common good.
Environmental degradation -- West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) -- Environmental conditions.
West (U.S.) -- History.
West (U.S.) -- Description and travel.
Publisher Athens, Ohio :Swallow Press/Ohio University Press,2005
Contributors Muller, Edward K.
Language English
Notes "Published in association with the Center for American Places Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Staunton, Virginia."
"DeVoto's West collects twenty-two of DeVoto's essays on the American West and convervation issues"--Introd.
Description xxxv, 275 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-267) and index.
ISBN 0804010722 (cloth : acid-free paper)
0804010730 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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