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Seeing things whole : the essential John Wesley Powell / edited by William deBuys.

By: Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902Contributor(s): DeBuys, William EnoMaterial type: TextTextPublisher number: MWT11457007Publication details: Washington, DC : Island Press/Shearwater Books, ©2001. Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 388 pages) : illustrations, mapsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781610913249; 1610913248Subject(s): Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902 | Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902 -- Philosophy | Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902 | Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) -- Description and travel | West (U.S.) -- Description and travel | Grand Canyon (Ariz.) -- Description and travel | West (U.S.) -- Environmental conditions | Arid regions -- West (U.S.) | Explorers -- United States -- Biography | Geologists -- United States -- Biography | Conservationists -- United States -- Biography | SCIENCE -- Earth Sciences -- General | SCIENCE -- Physics -- Geophysics | Arid regions | Conservationists | Ecology | Explorers | Geologists | Philosophy | Travel | Arizona -- Grand Canyon | North America -- Colorado River | United States | West United States | Regions & Countries - Americas | History & Archaeology | United States Local HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Biographies. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Seeing things whole.DDC classification: 550/.92 LOC classification: F788 | .P92 2001Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Part I Down the Colorado: Letters from the Wilderness Post -- Selection 1 Party Has Reached This Point in Safety 39 -- Selection 2 Wreck of the No-Name 41 -- Part II Voyage into the Great Unknown -- Selection 3 Through the Grand Canyon from the Little Colorado to the Virgin River 61 -- Part III Among the Natives of the Colorado Plateau -- Selection 4 Camped with the Shivwits and the Fate of the Separated Three 99 -- Selection 5 Ancient Province of Tusayan 107 -- Part IV Report on the Lands of the Arid Region -- Selection 7 Physical Characteristics of the Arid Region 156 -- Selection 8 Land System Needed for the Arid Region 185 -- Part V Nation's Expert -- Selection 9 Trees on Arid Lands 219 -- Selection 10 Lesson of Conemaugh 226 -- Selection 11 Address to the Montana Constitutional Convention 235 -- Part VI Advice for the Century -- Selection 12 Irrigable Lands of the Arid Region 255 -- Selection 13 Non-Irrigable Lands of the Arid Region 281 -- Selection 14 Institutions for the Arid Lands 299 -- Part VII A Philosopher for Humankind -- Selection 15 From Barbarism to Civilization 325 -- Selection 16 Competition as a Factor in Human Evolution 340.
Action note: digitized 2010 committed to preserveSummary: 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. John Wesley Powell's bioregional vision remains a model for governance that many westerners see as a viable solution to the resource management conflicts that continue to plague 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 critique of Social Darwinism and landmark categorization of Indian languages to the climactic yet ultimately futile battles he fought to win adoption of his land-use proposals. Seeing Things Whole presents 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.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-373) and index.

"Works by John Wesley Powell": pages 359-367.

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Part I Down the Colorado: Letters from the Wilderness Post -- Selection 1 Party Has Reached This Point in Safety 39 -- Selection 2 Wreck of the No-Name 41 -- Part II Voyage into the Great Unknown -- Selection 3 Through the Grand Canyon from the Little Colorado to the Virgin River 61 -- Part III Among the Natives of the Colorado Plateau -- Selection 4 Camped with the Shivwits and the Fate of the Separated Three 99 -- Selection 5 Ancient Province of Tusayan 107 -- Part IV Report on the Lands of the Arid Region -- Selection 7 Physical Characteristics of the Arid Region 156 -- Selection 8 Land System Needed for the Arid Region 185 -- Part V Nation's Expert -- Selection 9 Trees on Arid Lands 219 -- Selection 10 Lesson of Conemaugh 226 -- Selection 11 Address to the Montana Constitutional Convention 235 -- Part VI Advice for the Century -- Selection 12 Irrigable Lands of the Arid Region 255 -- Selection 13 Non-Irrigable Lands of the Arid Region 281 -- Selection 14 Institutions for the Arid Lands 299 -- Part VII A Philosopher for Humankind -- Selection 15 From Barbarism to Civilization 325 -- Selection 16 Competition as a Factor in Human Evolution 340.

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. John Wesley Powell's bioregional vision remains a model for governance that many westerners see as a viable solution to the resource management conflicts that continue to plague 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 critique of Social Darwinism and landmark categorization of Indian languages to the climactic yet ultimately futile battles he fought to win adoption of his land-use proposals. Seeing Things Whole presents 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.

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