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Engineering NatureWater, Development, and the Global Spread of American Environmental Expertise$
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Jessica B. Teisch

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834435

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807878019_teisch

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A Great Mission for the Race

A Great Mission for the Race

Lessons and Experiences from California

(p.39) Chapter 2 A Great Mission for the Race
Engineering Nature

Jessica B. Teisch

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on state engineer William Hammond Hall, who embodied a growing reliance on technology and rhetoric shared by many Californians. Indeed, California engineers' models of irrigation shared a host of traits, not all of them technical. Many late-nineteenth-century engineers and policy makers used Jeffersonian rhetoric about grassroots democracy, local control, free markets, social mobility, and faith in the common man to gain popular support for projects that intended to reorder the landscape and society. They imbued these ideals with the modern values of scientific and expert management. As Californians transitioned from a frontier to an industrial society, engineers' experiments in redefining the state's, the market's, and society's roles in economic growth shaped frontier development around the world.

Keywords:   state engineer, William Hammond Hall, technology, Californians, irrigation, Jeffersonian rhetoric, grassroots democracy

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