Throughout the history of the United States, the concepts of "land" and "the West" have fired the American imagination and fueled controversy. The essays in Land in the American West deal with complex, troublesome, and interrelated questions regarding land: Who owns it? Who has access to it? What happens when private rights infringe upon the public good, or when one ethnic group is pitted against another, or when there is a conflict between economic and environmental values? Many of these questions have deep historical roots. They all have special significance in the modern American West, where natural resources are still abundant and large areas of land are federally owned.
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: In Search of Western Lands - William Robbins PART I: Three Perspectives on Property RightsPrivate Property and the Public Interest: Land in the American Idea - Daniel BromleyProperty Rights, Freedom, and Evolving Social Order - Bruce YandleNew Property Rights Debates: The Dialectics of Naming, Blaming, and Claiming - Sarah Pralle & Michael McCann PART II: Urban and Rural Vantage Points on PropertyLand for Cities, Scenery for City People: Managing Urbanization in the American Grain - Carl AbbottFrom Open Range to Closed Range on the Public Lands - William RowleyPART III: Three Case Studies of Land UseDividing the Land: The Taylor Ranch and the Case for Preserving the Limited Access Commons - Maria MontoyaPublic Lands and Public Sentiment: A Comparative Look at national Parks - Arthur GomezOwning It All in Alaska: The Political Power of a Rhetorical Paradigm - Stephan Haycox EpilogueContested Terrain: The Business of Land in the American West - Richard White ContributorsIndex