From the Family Farm to Agribusiness: The Irrigation Crusade in California and the West, 1850-1931

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1984 - Business & Economics - 521 pages
 

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The best history I have seen of the early development of water supply systems in California's Central Valley.

Contents

The Crucible of Western Water Law 18501872
30
Attitudes Toward Irrigation
54
Californias First Irrigation
78
The Origins of Corporate
102
Institutional Roots of the Irrigation
129
William Hammond Hall and State Administrative Control
154
The Battle of the Water Lords
191
Promise Unfulfilled
250
The Beginnings of Federal Reclamation in California
283
Irrigation and the Law in
335
The Genesis of the Central
381
The Lost Dream
440
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About the author (1984)

Donald J. Pisani is Merrick Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. His books include a previous history to which this one is a sequel, "To Reclaim a Divided West "(1992), as well as "Water, Land, and Law in the West "(1996) and "From the Family Farm to Agribusiness "(California, 1984).

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