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"The Waters . . . Belong To The People": Populist Victory Over Big Business and Progressive Federal Policy in the Nevada Water Law of 1913

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This dissertation is an examination of the passage of the Nevada Water Law of 1913 in the light of the conflict between populism and progressivism, the tragedy of the commons, and boosterism. It demonstrates that aridity was not the overriding factor in the development of the Western United States, especially Nevada. Rather, aridity was merely a technical problem to be solved by technical experts such as lawyers and engineers.

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