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Wetlands of the American Midwest A Historical Geography of Changing Attitudes

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ISBN-10: 0226682838

ISBN-13: 9780226682839

Edition: 1997

Authors: Hugh Prince

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How people perceive wetlands has always played a crucial role in determining how people act toward them. In this readable and objective account, Hugh Prince examines literary evidence as well as government and scientific documents to uncover the history of changing attitudes toward wetlands in the American Midwest. As attitudes changed, so did scientific research agendas, government policies, and farmers' strategies for managing their land. Originally viewed as bountiful sources of wildlife by indigenous peoples, wet areas called "wet prairies," "swamps," or "bogs" in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were considered productive only when drained for agricultural use.…    
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/19/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 410
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Changing Attitudes
Physical Characteristics of Wet Prairies and Bogs
Native American Occupation
Early Nineteenth-century Views of Wetlands
Landowners, Cattlemen, Railroads, and Tenants on Wet Prairies
Draining and Agricultural Change on Wet Prairies
Occupying, Draining, and Abandoning Northern Bogs and Swamps
Utilizing and Conserving Wet Prairies since 1930
Changing Wetland Images and Values
Bibliography
Index