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Contents Series Editor's Foreword Introduction 1 The Emergence of Grassland Relationships pre-1500 C.E. The Arrival of the Immigrants What is a grass? The Pleistocene Scene Climatic Changes Archaic to Anasazi Plains Woodland and Plains Village Cultures On the Eve of European Contact References 2 The Unraveling of the Wild Grasslands Animal Distributions, Grassland Patterns, and Soil Types Little Ice Age Human Population and Subsistence Patterns Caddo, Jumano, Apache, Pueblo Exchanges and Trade Patterns Arrival of European Diseases Contact and Consequences The Rise of the Comanche Empire New Arrivals and Ways of Ecological Adaptation Enter the Cheyennes, Arapahos, and Sioux The Memes of Trade and Culture Collapse of the Grassland Biome The Beginnings of the Domesticated Grassland The Bridge between the Wild and Domestic Grasslands References 3 The Urbanized and Domesticated Grasslands The Urban Eclipse of the Agricultural Economy Euro-American Market Culture Values and Land-Grant Colleges Market Culture Values and Commodification Farming Systems Domestic Grasses The Irrigation Crusade Irrigation Court Cases Enter Federal Reclamation Bonanza Farms Open-Range Ranching War and the Grasslands The Dust Bowl The New Deal and World War II References 4 The Most Endangered Ecosystem on Earth Artistic Portrayals of the Grasslands Grassland Park Systems An Urbanized Grasslands Contemporary Grassland Hydrology Changes in Farming and Rural Demographics Environmental Problems Associated with Modern Agriculture Traditional Conservation in the Grasslands Alternative Agriculture Environmentalism in the Grasslands A Buffalo Commons in the Making? Future Directions References 5 Case Studies Case Study: State Making and Unmaking (and Making It Back at All): Following Zebulon Pike across the Plains in 1806 A Young Nation and a Young Soldier Facing West Making It in the Grasslands A Desert No More References Case Study: Wetlands of the American Grasslands Wetland Hydrology Wetland Flora and Fauna Humans and Plains Wetlands References Case Study: John Wesley Powell and the Rocky Mountain West Powell's Life Geology of the Rocky Mountains Learning the Geography of the Rocky Mountains Pre-contact Mountain Biomes Fur Companies, Indian Peoples, and Miners Forest and Parks The West's Reservoirs The Urbanized Mountains The West's Playground or the Nation's Energy Reserve? Powell's Unrealized Dream References A to Z Chronology Documents Bibliography Index About the Author
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Human ecology -- United States.
Indians of North America -- Ethnobotany.
Grassland ecology -- United States.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- United States.
United States -- Environmental conditions.