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Seeing Things Whole : The Essential John Wesley Powell - William deBuys

Seeing Things Whole

The Essential John Wesley Powell

Paperback Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9781559638739
Number Of Pages: 402

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"This is a superb selection of the most important writings of the great American explorer, scientist, and conservationist. Powell's name has often been evoked over the past century, but few people have had access to the full range of his vigorous prose. Now deBuys has given us an exceptionally good introduction to the man, his ideas, and his America." -DONALD WORSTER, AUTHOR OF A RIVER RUNNINGWEST: THE LIFE OF JOHN WESLEY POWELL
John Wesley Powell was an American original. He was the last of the nation's great continental explorers and the first of a new breed of public servant: part scientist, part social reformer, part institution builder. His work and life reveal an enduringly valuable way of thinking about land, water, and society as parts of an interconnected whole; he was America's first great bioregional thinker.
Seeing Things Whole presents John Wesley Powell in the full diversity of his achievements and interests, bringing together in a single volume writings ranging from his gripping account of exploring the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to his views on the evolution of civilization, along with the seminal writings in which he sets forth his ideas on western settlement and the allocation and management of western resources.
The centerpiece of Seeing Things Whole is a series of selections from the famous 1878 Report on the Lands of the Arid Region and related magazine articles in which Powell further develops the themes of the report. In those, he recommends organizing the Arid Lands into watershed commonwealths governed by resident citizens whose interlocking interests create the checks and balances essential to wise stewardship of the land. This was the central focus of John Wesley Powell's bioregional vision, and it remains a model for governance that many westerners see as a viable solution to the resource management conflicts that continue to bedevil the region.
Throughout the collection, award-winning writer and historian William deBuys brilliantly sets the historical context for Powell's work. Section introductions and extensive descriptive notes take the reader through the evolution of John Wesley Powell's interests and ideas from his role as an officer in the Civil War through his critique of Social Darwinism and landmark categorization of Indian languages, to the climatic yet ultimately futile battles he fought to win adoption of his land-use proposals.
Seeing Things Wholepresents the essence of the extraordinary legacy that John Wesley Powell has left to the American people, and to people everywhere who strive to reconcile the demands of society with the imperatives of the land.

'This is a superb selection of the most important writings of the great American explorer, scientist, and conservationist. Powell's name has often been evoked over the past century, but few people have had access to the full range of his vigorous prose. Now deBuys has given us an exceptionally good introduction to the man, his ideas, and his America." -Donald Worster, Author Of A River Runningwest: The Life Of John Wesley Powell"

Maps and Photographsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Seeing Things Wholep. 1
Biographical Chronologyp. 25
Down the Colorado: Letters from the Wilderness Post
The Party Has Reached This Point in Safetyp. 39
The Wreck of the No-Namep. 41
Voyage into the Great Unknown
Through the Grand Canyon from the Little Colorado to the Virgin Riverp. 61
Among the Natives of the Colorado Plateau
Camped with the Shivwits and the Fate of the Separated Threep. 99
The Ancient Province of Tusayanp. 107
Report on the Lands of the Arid Region
Preface and Table of Contentsp. 149
Physical Characteristics of the Arid Regionp. 156
The Land System Needed for the Arid Regionp. 185
The Nation's Expert
Trees on Arid Landsp. 219
The Lesson of Conemaughp. 226
Address to the Montana Constitutional Conventionp. 235
Advice for the Century
The Irrigable Lands of the Arid Regionp. 255
The Non-Irrigable Lands of the Arid Regionp. 281
Institutions for the Arid Landsp. 299
A Philosopher for Humankind
From Barbarism to Civilizationp. 325
Competition as a Factor in Human Evolutionp. 340
Works by John Wesley Powellp. 359
Secondary Works Citedp. 369
Indexp. 375
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ISBN: 9781559638739
ISBN-10: 1559638737
Series: Pioneers of Conservation
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 402
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52