Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-258) and index.
Water law. Enterprise and equity : a critique of Western water law in the nineteenth century -- The origins of Western water law : case studies from two California mining districts -- State vs. nation : federal reclamation and water rights in the Progressive era -- Land. Squatter law in California, 1850-1858 -- Land monopoly in nineteenth century California -- George Maxwell, the railroads, and American land policy, 1899-1904 -- Forest, conservation, and bureaucracy. Forests and conservation, 1865-1890 -- Forests and reclamation, 1891-1911 -- Federal reclamation. Irrigation, water rights, and the betrayal of Indian allotment -- Reclamation and social engineering in the Progressive era.