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The Resource A river running west : the life of John Wesley Powell, Donald Worster

A river running west : the life of John Wesley Powell, Donald Worster

Label
A river running west : the life of John Wesley Powell
Title
A river running west
Title remainder
the life of John Wesley Powell
Statement of responsibility
Donald Worster
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Intrepid explorer, careful scientist, talented writer, and dedicated conservationist, Powell led the expedition that put the Colorado River on American maps and revealed the Grand Canyon to the world. In A River Running West, Donald Worster tells the story of Powell's great adventures and describes his historical significance. Worster paints a vivid portrait of how this man emerged from the early nineteenth-century world of immigrants, fervent religion, and rough-and-tumble rural culture, and barely survived the Civil War battle at Shiloh. The heart of Worster's biography is Powell's epic journey down the Colorado in 1869, a tale of harrowing experiences, lethal accidents, and breathtaking discoveries. After years in the region collecting rocks and fossils and learning to speak the local Native American languages, Powell returned to Washington as an eloquent advocate for the West, one of America's first and most influential conservationists. But in the end, he fell victim to a clique of Western politicians who pushed for unfettered economic development, relegating the aging explorer to a quiet life of anthropological contemplation
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 333.7/2/092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F788.P88
LC item number
W67 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A river running west : the life of John Wesley Powell, Donald Worster
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [611]-644) and index
Contents
A mission to America -- Rising on the prairie -- The hornets' nest of war -- Westward the naturalist -- Down the great unknown -- Surveying the high plateaus -- Kapurats -- The sublimest thing on earth -- Democracy encounters the desert -- Myths and maps -- Redeeming the earth -- The problem of the West -- Journey's end
Control code
44019106
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 673 p.
Isbn
9780195099911
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00032623
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2002. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
A river running west : the life of John Wesley Powell, Donald Worster
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [611]-644) and index
Contents
A mission to America -- Rising on the prairie -- The hornets' nest of war -- Westward the naturalist -- Down the great unknown -- Surveying the high plateaus -- Kapurats -- The sublimest thing on earth -- Democracy encounters the desert -- Myths and maps -- Redeeming the earth -- The problem of the West -- Journey's end
Control code
44019106
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 673 p.
Isbn
9780195099911
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00032623
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2002. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill., maps

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