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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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Countryside Conservatism and Conservation

Countryside Conservatism and Conservation

(p.141) Chapter 6 Countryside Conservatism and Conservation
Southern Water, Southern Power

Christopher J. Manganiello

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter delves into how Savannah River valley residents had organized to oppose aspects of Georgia's and South Carolina's hydraulic waterscape. Aside from the Flint River case, southerners had a poor success rate when it came to beating dam proposals. Early-nineteenth-century fishermen tried arguing against antebellum dams in the 1850s; anglers attempted to save migratory fish runs at the Augusta Canal diversion dam; and progressive preservationists unsuccessfully fought the Atlanta-based Georgia Power Company's New South-era Tallulah Falls project in the 1910s. These events reflected grassroots preservation and conservation moments observed in other parts of the nation. But in the Sun Belt period, conservation and environmental activists became uninvolved countryside associates dedicated to shaping the Savannah River valley's Piedmont. Sun Belt countryside conservationists and environmentalists represented streams of a big dam backlash that recast the outlines of national water and power politics.

Keywords:   Savanah River valley, hydraulic waterscape, Flint River case, preservationists, conservatism, Sun Belt

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