The story of "the great thirst" is brought up to date in this revised edition of Norris Hundley's outstanding history, with additional photographs and incisive descriptions of the major water-policy issues facing California now: accelerating urbanization of farmland and open spaces, persisting despoliation of water supplies, and demands for equity in water allocation for an exploding population. People the world over confront these problems, and Hundley examines them with clarity and eloquence in the unruly laboratory of California.The obsession with water has shaped California to a remarkable extent, literally as well as politically and culturally. Hundley tells how aboriginal Americans and then early Spanish and Mexican immigrants contrived to use and share the available water and how American settlers, arriving in ever-increasing numbers after the Gold Rush, transformed California into the home of the nation's preeminent water seekers. The desire to use, profit from, manipulate, and control water drives the people and events in this fascinating narrative until, by the end of the twentieth century, a large, colorful cast of characters and communities has wheeled and dealed, built, diverted, and connived its way to an entirely different statewide waterscape.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
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About the Author
Norris Hundley, Jr. is Professor of American History at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Great Thirst, a bestseller in its first edition, was preceded by other books including California: History of a Remarkable State (with John Caughey, 1982).
Table of Contents
List of FiguresList of MapsPreface to the Revised Edition1. The Aboriginal Waterscape: Manipulation and Near HarmonyThe WaterscapeWaterways and LifewaysAgriculture and Cultural PatternsSymbiosis and Community2. Hispanic Patterns: Community and Authority"Apportion Water Justly and Fairly"Lessons in SurvivalMisjudgmentsRoyal Authority and Community RightsCommunity ObligationsCommunity Rights and Private RightsWhen Rights Collide: Bien ProcumunalThe Darker Side 3. The American Takeover: Laissez-Faire, Localism, and MonopolyAmerican Political Culture "First in Time, First in Right"Hydraulicking and Environmental DestructionThe Politics of Flood ControlRiparian RightsMonopoly and a Clash of RightsLux v. Haggin and the California DoctrineThe Irrigation District and the Persistence of MonopolyLocalism and the Search for AlternativesThe Rainmakers The Progressive Impulse: From Laissez-Faire to Centralized PlanningToward the Reclamation Act4. Urban Imperialism: A Tale of Two CitiesLos Angeles: From Hispanic Village to American CityLegerdemain and the Pueblo Water RightGirding for Expansion: Municipal ControlThe Owens Valley CaperAn Aqueduct for the FutureThe San Fernando Valley:
Information for Private GainLos Angeles' Water ColoniesThe Tragedy and Legacy of the Expert: William MuhollandSan Francisco:
Instant City with an
Instant Water ProblemHetch Hetchy Predicaments: The Federal Government and Boss RuefHetch Hetchy Embattled Toward a Utilitarian TriumphThe Ironies of VictoryA Comparison of Two Cities 5. Hydraulic Society Triumphant: The Great ProjectsThe Boulder Canyon ProjectThe Imperial Valley ImpulseThe Colorado River CompactNew Players and New BattlesCompromises and EnactmentThe Imperial Valley and the Betrayal of Reclamation LawNew Water and Accelerated UrbanizationThe Central Valley Project Progressive Era Promise and Disappointment Toward a State PlanAmerican Political Culture and the Central Valley ProjectFrom State to Federal Project A Project at LastThe Battle over Acreage Limitation"Technical Compliance": A Bipartisan LegacyPublic versus Private PowerThe State Water ProjectA State PlanFragmentation, Compromise and ConfusionNew Water, Growth, and
Inequities 6. Hydraulic Society on the DefensiveArizona v. California The Environmental Movement The Peripheral Canal Fight: Round OneThe Peripheral Canal Fight: Round TwoThe Pueblo Water Right ChallengedMono Lake and the Public Trust DoctrineOwens Valley War: Renewed and Cooled But Not Over The Fight for the Right to
Increasingly Vulnerable Southland7. Water Policy at a CrossroadsTradition versus Reform: The Fate of the Stanislaus River New and Old Challenges to Dams and LeveesDams at RiskThe Impermanence of Dams: Earthquakes, Silt, Neglect, and Flawed PlanningLos Angeles: A Vexing in Dams, Levees, Floods and Public Policy Vulnerable Levees and the Delta Environmental Crisis: Bay, Delta, and CALFEDEnvironmental Crisis: Central ValleyEnvironmental Crisis: Southern CaliforniaSubsidized Agriculture and Social
InequityWater Marketing: Hope, Threat, and Challenge The Imperial Valley, MWD, and the MarketThe Imperial Valley, MWD, San Diego and the Market The Wheeling-Rate War: MWD and San Diego The Government
IntercedesOne War Down, Another to GoThe Central Valley Project, "Reform," and the MarketMWD, the San Joaquin Valley, and the Market The Quest for Security and Equity Open Spaces and Farmland: Going, Going...A Confusion of LawsChaotic ManagementCalls for Reform, Fanciful and Otherwise 8. ReflectionsNotesBibliography
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