The Everglades: River of Grass

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Pineapple Press Inc, 2007 - Nature - 447 pages
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Before 1947, when Marjory Stoneman Douglas named The Everglades a "river of grass," most people considered the area worthless. She brought the world's attention to the need to preserve The Everglades. In the Afterword, Michael Grunwald tells us what has happened to them since then. Grunwald points out that in 1947 the government was in the midst of establishing the Everglades National Park and turning loose the Army Corps of Engineers to control floods--both of which seemed like saviors for the Glades. But neither turned out to be the answer. Working from the research he did for his book, The Swamp, Grunwald offers an account of what went wrong and the many attempts to fix it, beginning with Save Our Everglades, which Douglas declared was "not nearly enough." Grunwald then lays out the intricacies (and inanities) of the more recent and ongoing CERP, the hugely expensive Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.
 

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Its endlessness an ache against the eyes The sawgrass marches on to meet the skies The gaunt and twisted mangrove-root parades The vastness men have called the Everglades, from Everglades by Vivian ... Read full review

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Scipio Bowlegs was my great, great grand father. I am a descendant of the Seminole Indians. Thank God for the Everglades and the Seminoles used that waterway to reach the Bahamas.

Contents

The Nature of the Everglades
5
The People of the Glades
57
The Discoverers
80
The Adventurers
107
Captives and Martyrs
128
The Conquerors
145
Three Hundred Quiet Years
168
The Free People
185
The Coming of Peace
246
White Mans Return
268
Drainage and the Frontier
295
XTV Boom Blow Bust and Recovery
327
The Eleventh Hour
349
Afterword by Michael Grunwald
391
Bibliography
426
Index 434
438

Fighting Retreat
205
The Undefeated
220

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About the author (2007)

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was one of the foremost spokespersons for Florida's environment. In her long, illustrious life and career, she was a journalist, writer, editor, publisher, and crusader for women's rights, racial justice, and nature conservation.

Robert Fink is Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Michael Grunwald, a "Time "senior correspondent, has won the George Polk Award for national reporting, the Worth Bingham Award for investigative reporting, and many other prizes. "The Washington Post" called the first book, "The Swamp", "a brilliant work of research and reportage." He lives in Florida.

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