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City in a GardenEnvironmental Transformations and Racial Justice in Twentieth-Century Austin, Texas$
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Andrew M. Busch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632643

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632643.001.0001

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A Mighty Bulwark against the Blind and Raging Forces of Nature

A Mighty Bulwark against the Blind and Raging Forces of Nature

Harnessing the River

(p.17) 1 A Mighty Bulwark against the Blind and Raging Forces of Nature
City in a Garden

Andrew M. Busch

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes Austin’s natural features and hazards, concentrating on the Colorado River system. It then investigates how Austin’s early twentieth century business and political leaders struggled to fund dams to make the river safer and to profit from it via hydroelectricity, recreation, and water supply. Finally, it demonstrates how early environmental improvements benefited whites but not other groups.

Keywords:   Colorado River, Lower Colorado River Authority, Austin Dam, floods, draughts, ecological aspects of Central Texas, New Deal

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