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Environmental Politics and the Creation of a Dream
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The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago of twenty-two islands in Lake Superior, just off the tip of northern Wisconsin. For years, the national park has been a favorite destination for tourists and locals alike, but the remarkable story behind its creation is little known. In Environmental Politics and the Creation of a Dream, Harold Jordahl, one of the primary advocates for designating the islands as a national park, discloses the full story behind the effort to preserve their natural beauty for posterity. He describes in detail the political and bureaucratic complexities of the national lakeshore campaign, augmented by his own personal recollections and those of such prominent figures as Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and President John F. Kennedy. Writing in collaboration with Annie Booth, Jordahl recounts how activists, legislators, media, local residents, and other players shaped the islands’ future establishment as a national park.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-7
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  1. Part One: The National and State Context for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  2. p. 9
  1. 1. The Apostle Islands in Historical Context
  2. pp. 11-23
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  1. 2. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Political Context: State and Federal Initiatives
  2. pp. 24-48
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  1. 3. A New Era in Wisconsin: Gaylord A. Nelson and Conservation
  2. pp. 49-66
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  1. Part Two: Establishing the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  2. p. 67
  1. 4. The 1960s Road to a Lakeshore: The Decade of Planning, Bureaucratic Obfuscation, and Politics
  2. pp. 69-99
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  1. 5. The Blowup—Or, Do We Have a Lakeshore?
  2. pp. 100-116
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  1. 6. Long Island at Last
  2. pp. 117-146
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  1. Part Three: Issues and Policy Studies
  2. p. 147
  1. 7. Planning the Lakeshore
  2. pp. 149-165
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  1. 8. The Role of Politics in Establishing the Lakeshore
  2. pp. 166-184
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  1. 9. The Sellers of Dreams: The Role of the Media in Supporting the Lakeshore
  2. pp. 185-206
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  1. 10. The Local Citizens and the Lakeshore
  2. pp. 207-218
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  1. 11. The State and the Apostle Islands
  2. pp. 219-254
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  1. 12. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Native Americans
  2. pp. 255-294
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  1. Part Four: Conclusions
  2. p. 295
  1. 13. Reflections
  2. pp. 297-317
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  1. Appendix One: A Chronology of Significant Events Regarding the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  2. pp. 319-322
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  1. Appendix Two: Identification of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Participants
  2. pp. 323-327
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  1. Appendix Three: Bills on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  2. pp. 328-329
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 331-377
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 379-399
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