The Lure of the Land: A Social History of the Public Lands from the Articles of Confederation to the New Deal

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Contents
Prefaceix
I. Land Precedents of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries1
II. The Early Nineteenth-Century Land Program9
III. Surveying19
IV. Doing a Land-Office Business35
V. Squatters and Pre-emption50
VI. Lands of the Mexican Cession70
VII. The Diggings85
VIII. The Pre-emption Law in Action102
IX. The Fight for Free Land120
X. Free Homes for the Millions138
XI. Internal Improvement Lands160
XII. Timber and the Public Domain179
XIII. The Day of the Speculator199
XIV. Free Grass, the Cattleman's Paradise.220
XV. The Range Wars242
XVI. Town Building on the Public Lands263
XVII. "Run for Your Land"280
XVIII. Beyond the 100th Meridian298
XIX. Saving the Remnants of Our National Resources -- Conservation324
XX. A House Divided Against Itself350
Bibliography367
Index389

A section of illustrations follows page178.

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