New Pioneers: The Back-To-The-Land Movement and the Search for a Sustainable Future

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CONVENTIONAL RADICALS Back-to-the-Land Profiles

In 1969 Wilson Rockwell was a Colorado state senator. A Republican, he represented a district in western Colorado where his family had operated ranches from the time the area was settled. His father was once the state's lieutenant governor, as well as a four-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Though a rancher by profession, Wilson devoted most of his energy to writing western Colorado history and working on a variety of community-service projects, including two four-year terms in the Colorado State Senate. Wilson Rockwell was, as characterized by a Denver Post columnist, "Republican, rural, middle-class, middle-aged, deeply-rooted, and set-in- his-ways."1

Yet, in early 1970, Wilson Rockwell resigned his seat in the Colorado Senate, closed his Denver apartment, sold his ranch, and moved. The reason Wilson and his wife, Enid, moved and consequently broke with their families' financial and emotional investments in the communities of western Colorado was their opposition to the Vietnam War. Their destination was Canada: the small town of Creston, British Columbia, just across the U.S. border from the Idaho panhandle. In addition to general disenchantment with their country's foreign policy, the factor that led to the

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