Table of contents for The grasslands of the United States : an environmental history / James E. Sherow.

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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.