Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Marc Reisner
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Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author, Marc Reisner, and the concept and genre of historical revisionism. What is historical causation and how does it apply to revisionist writings? When was Marc Reisner director of communications for the Natural Resources Defense Council? What did this position entail?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the life and beliefs of Brigham Young. Why were the Mormons persecuted in the East for their beliefs? What made them choose to move to the West?What was this region like at the time of the Mormon settlement? How did they change it?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the Reclamation Act and its impact on the environment of the American West. When was the Act introduced? Who supported it? Why?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the explorations of the American West from 1540 through the 1800s. How did perceptions change of the West based upon these explorations?What role did Jefferson have...

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