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Donald Pisani'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 fascinating 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520230309
ISBN-10: 0520230302
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Pages: 408
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Donald J. Pisani

Donald J. Pisani is Merrick Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. His books include a previous history to which this one is a sequel, To Reclaim a Divided West (1992), as well as Water, Land, and Law in the West (1996) and From the Family Farm to Agribusiness (California, 1984).