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The Big Thicket of East Texas, which at one time covered over two million acres, served as a barrier to civilizations throughout most of historic times. By the late nineteenth century, however, an assault on this wilderness by settlers, railroads, and timber companies began in earnest. By the 1920s, much of the wilderness had been destroyed. Spurred on by the continued destruction of the region, the Big Thicket Association (BTA) organized in 1964 to fight for its preservation. Arguing that the Big Thicket was a unique botanical region, the BTA and their supporters convinced President Gerald Ford to authorize an 84,550-acre Big Thicket National Preserve in 1974. Saving the Big Thicket is a classic account of the regions history and a play-by-play narrative of the prolonged fight for the Big Thicket Preserve. It is a clearly written case study of the conflict between economics and preservation, presenting each side with objectivity and fairness. Originally written by Cozine in 1976, it has been updated with a new afterword by Pete A. Y. Gunter.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. List of Figures
  2. p. vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. x-xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 2. The Indians’ Assault
  2. pp. 14-20
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  1. 3. The Spanish Assault
  2. pp. 21-31
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  1. 4. The Anglo Assault
  2. pp. 32-44
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  1. 5. A Timber Bonanza
  2. pp. 45-67
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  1. 6. Oil Exploration in the Big Thicket
  2. pp. 68-81
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  1. 7. The Drive for Preservation
  2. pp. 82-99
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  1. 8. The Yarborough Years
  2. pp. 100-119
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  1. 9. Urbanites and Intellectuals
  2. pp. 120-134
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  1. Image Plates
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  1. 10. Consensus and Compromise
  2. pp. 135-160
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  1. 11. Conclusion
  2. pp. 161-169
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  1. Notes to Chapters I–IX
  2. pp. 170-207
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  1. Bibliography to Chapters I–IX
  2. pp. 208-222
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 223-256
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  1. Notes to Afterword
  2. pp. 257-265
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  1. Bibliography to Afterword
  2. pp. 266-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-289
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574414202
Related ISBN
9781574411751
MARC Record
OCLC
59157493
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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