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Southern Water, Southern PowerHow the Politics of Cheap Energy and Water Scarcity Shaped a Region$
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Christopher J. Manganiello

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620053

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620053.001.0001

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Southern Water, Southern Power

Southern Water, Southern Power

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(p.1) Introduction Southern Water, Southern Power
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Southern Water, Southern Power
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Christopher J. Manganiello

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620053.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the American South as the region where Americans used political power to control conversations about water supplies and river manipulation, while simultaneously exploring American individualism, equity, and the definition of what constitutes the proper use of natural resources. This environmental Southeast history represents the crucial role that water played in forming physical landscapes and human choices. The parties who prompted many of these changes had three main goals: to produce energy, to build a modern South, and to resolve water insecurity caused by flooding and recurrent drought. The book generally takes a long view of southern rivers and modernization, asking who transformed the region's waterways and what environmental conditions urged them to act.

Keywords:   water supplies, river manipulation, American individualism, equity, natural resources, modern South, water insecurity, southern rivers

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