Saving the Big Thicket: From Exploration to Preservation, 1685-2003 (Google eBook)

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University of North Texas Press, 2004 - History - 289 pages
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The Big Thicket of East Texas, which at one time covered over two million acres, served as a barrier to civilizations throughout most of historic times. By the late nineteenth century, however, an assault on this wilderness by settlers, railroads, and timber companies began in earnest. By the 1920s, much of the wilderness had been destroyed. Spurred on by the continued destruction of the region, the Big Thicket Association (BTA) organized in 1964 to fight for its preservation. Arguing that the Big Thicket was a unique botanical region, the BTA and their supporters convinced President Gerald Ford to authorize an 84,550-acre Big Thicket National Preserve in 1974. Saving the Big Thicket is a classic account of the region's history and a play-by-play narrative of the prolonged fight for the Big Thicket Preserve. It is a clearly written case study of the conflict between economics and preservation, presenting each side with objectivity and fairness. Originally written by Cozine in 1976, it has been updated with a new afterword by Pete A. Y. Gunter.
  

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Contents

CHAPTER I Introduction
1
CHAPTER II The Indians Assault
14
CHAPTER III The Spanish Assault
21
CHAPTER IV The Anglo Assault
32
CHAPTER V A Timber Bonanza
45
CHAPTER VI Oil Exploration in the Big Thicket
68
CHAPTER VII The Drive for Preservation
82
CHAPTER VIII The Yarborough Years
100
CHAPTER X Consensus and Compromise
135
CHAPTER XI Conclusion
161
NOTES TO CHAPTERS IIX
170
BIBLIOGRAPHY TO CHAPTERS IIX
208
AFTERWORD
223
NOTES TO AFTERWORD
257
BIBLIOGRAPHY TO AFTERWORD
266
INDEX
269

CHAPTER IX Urbanites and Intellectuals
120
photo gallery
134

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About the author (2004)

Author received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M in 1976. This was his dissertation. He currently is on the staff of University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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