Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West

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Penguin, Mar 1, 1992 - History - 496 pages
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From the “dean of Western writers” (The New York Times) and the Pulitzer Prize winning–author of Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety, a fascinating look at the old American West and the man who prophetically warned against the dangers of settling it
 
In Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, Wallace Stegner recounts the sucesses and frustrations of John Wesley Powell, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of Indian tribes of the American Southwest. A prophet without honor who had a profound understanding of the American West, Powell warned long ago of the dangers economic exploitation would pose to the West and spent a good deal of his life overcoming Washington politics in getting his message across. Only now, we may recognize just how accurate a prophet he was.
 

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User Review  - stevesmits - LibraryThing

I bought this book during our first trip to the Southwest. Before this trip I had not thought too much about the West; it's there and it's big, that's about the extent of my perception. Stegner's book ... Read full review

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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

A superb book about the latter half of the 19th century in the American West w/ J.W. Powell as the chief protagonist. Literate and provocative....where are these writers today? As I read this I was ... Read full review

Contents

THE THRESHOLD
THE PLATEAU PROVINCE
BLUEPRINT FOR A DRYLAND DEMOCRACY
THE REVENUE OF NEW DISCOVERY
THE OPPORTUNITY
THE INHERITANCE
NOTES
INDEX
Copyright

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Wallace Stegner (1909–1993) published more than two dozen books throughout his life, including the novels Angle of Repose, which won the Pulitzer Prize; Crossing to Safety; The Big Rock Candy Mountain; and The Spectator Bird, which won the National Book Award. An early environmentalist, Stegner was instrumental—with his now famous “Wilderness Letter”—in the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act. 

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