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 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.
John Wesley Powell 1834 1902 was a U S soldier, geologist, and explorer of the American West He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers that included the first passage through the Grand Canyon He studied at Illinois College, Wheaton College, and Oberlin College, acquiring a knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin but never
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