By Lynne Heasley
A Thousand items of Paradise is an ecological background of estate and a cultural historical past of rural ecosystems set in a single of Wisconsin’s most famed areas, the Kickapoo Valley. whereas studying the nationwide warfare on soil erosion within the Nineteen Thirties, a arguable actual property improvement scheme, Amish land cost, a U.S. military Corps of Engineers dam venture, and local American efforts to say longstanding land claims, Lynne Heasley strains the historic improvement of contemporary American estate debates inside ever-more-diverse rural landscapes and cultures. Heasley argues that the best way public discourse has framed environmental debates hides the complete form our procedure of estate has taken in rural groups and landscapes. She exhibits how democratic and fluid visions of property—based on group relationships—have coexisted along individualistic visions of estate rights. during this environmental biography of a panorama and its humans lie strong classes for rural groups trying to comprehend and reconcile competing values approximately land and their position in it.
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The scale of the project was enormous—experimenting on and rehabilitating 91,000 acres of privately owned farmland. 45 Under Bennett’s plan, the SCS would work jointly with the University of Wisconsin. Yet even with the combined resources of the university, the state, and the federal government, modifying the behavior of hundreds of landowners was daunting. ”46 It could also have been called the birthplace of modern agricultural land tenure. Forging new social relationships on the land became the ﬁrst order of business (though SCS agents probably did not think of it in such terms).
The ﬁrst gap is the federal government, and more Intended Consequences 25 speciﬁcally its eﬀorts to unite two kinds of national policy—soil conservation and agricultural commodity output. The second gap is public policy on the ground, in the Kickapoo Valley, where the dynamics of private land ownership come into play. 2 Deaver’s family had farmed in the Kickapoo Valley since 1877. 5 Marsh had despaired of the degradation he saw everywhere settlers had cleared forests for crops and livestock. In the history of western civilization, he had divined a connection between deteriorating environments and declining societies.
They believed that consolidation would help modernize the agricultural sector. Residents in Liberty were not so sanguine. 86 According to historian David Danbom, the cumulative result was that the Soil Bank helped empty the American countryside. ”87 For this reason primarily, the Soil Bank explains some of what happened in Liberty during the 1960s. The Soil Bank must have seemed like a comprehensive means to ﬁnally accomplish twin economic and environmental ends. ) But the program sat on the cusp of widespread upheavals in American agriculture.
A Thousand Pieces of Paradise: Landscape and Property in the Kickapoo Valley by Lynne Heasley