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Big Dams of the New Deal Era: A Confluence of Engineering and Politics

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The massive dams of the American West were designed to serve multiple purposes: improving navigation, irrigating crops, storing water, controlling floods, and generating hydroelectricity. Their construction also put thousands of people to work during the Great Depression. Only later did the dams baneful effects on river ecologies spark public debate.

Big Dams of the New Deal Era tells how major water-storage structures were erected in four western river basins. David P. Billington and Donald C. Jackson reveal how engineering science, regional and national politics, perceived public needs, and a rivers natural features intertwined to create distinctive dams within each region. In particular, the authors describe how two federal agencies, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation, became key players in the creation of these important public works.

By illuminating the mathematical analysis that supported large-scale dam construction, the authors also describe how and why engineers in the 1930s most often opted for massive gravity dams, whose design required enormous quantities of concrete or earth-rock fill for stability.

Richly illustrated, Big Dams of the New Deal Era offers a compelling account of how major dams in the New Deal era restructured the landscape—both politically and physically—and why American society in the 1930s embraced them wholeheartedly.

Book News Annotation:

Billington (engineering, Princeton U.) and Jackson (history, Lafayette College) describe the interaction of political and engineering factors in the construction of the major federal dams of the New Deal era. They look at the dam-building activities of the Bureau of Reclamation and the US Army Corps of Engineers, structuring their narrative around four important watersheds--the Columbia, the Colorado, the Missouri, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin watersheds--and detailing the politics and engineering of one or more federal dams for each.
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Billington (engineering, Princeton U.) and Jackson (history, Lafayette College) describe the interaction of political and engineering factors in the construction of the major federal dams of the New Deal era. They look at the dam-building activities of the Bureau of Reclamation and the US Army Corps of Engineers, structuring their narrative around four important watersheds--the Columbia, the Colorado, the Missouri, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin watersheds--and detailing the politics and engineering of one or more federal dams for each. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The massive dams of the American West were designed to serve multiple purposes: improving navigation, irrigating crops, storing water, controlling floods, and generating hydroelectricity. Their construction also put thousands of people to work during the Great Depression. Only later did the dams' baneful effects on river ecologies spark public debate.

Synopsis:

This history of the design and construction of the American West's colossal dams includes 131 black-and-white illustrations.

About the Author

David P. Billington, a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering, is Gordon Y. S. Wu Professor of Engineering at Princeton University.

Donald C. Jackson is Professor of History at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, and is the author of Great American Bridges and Dams.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806137957
Author:
Billington, David P., Jr.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
Jackson, Donald C.
Author:
Bbillington, David P.
Author:
Billington, David P.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Engineering - Civil
Subject:
Water resources development
Subject:
Environmental Engineering & Technology
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Environmental - General
Subject:
Civil
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Dams - United States - History - 20th century
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
131 bandw illus.
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 1.2 in 1.96 lb

Related Subjects

Engineering » Civil Engineering » General
History and Social Science » Geography » Water and Hydrology
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Reference » Science Reference » Technology

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"Synopsis" by , The massive dams of the American West were designed to serve multiple purposes: improving navigation, irrigating crops, storing water, controlling floods, and generating hydroelectricity. Their construction also put thousands of people to work during the Great Depression. Only later did the dams' baneful effects on river ecologies spark public debate.
"Synopsis" by , This history of the design and construction of the American West's colossal dams includes 131 black-and-white illustrations.
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