Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West - Part Three Summary & Analysis

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Part Three Summary and Analysis

There were various expeditions being funded by official entities in the 1870's. Part of Powell's efforts were to obtain funding for his own trips and department, but also to bring some order and organization to the process. Powell was an expert organizer but had to spend much of his time trying to influence the members of Congress, which was a slow process. As a result, Powell became very adept at manipulating the decision-makers into following the grand strategy he had put together for surveying and managing the dryland area of the Grand Canyon. Powell was an unlikely soldier in the war for public responsibility, having no family funds or well known organization to support him, only the strength of his own resolve. Powell began his campaign by enlisting the help of well known scientific men, and by writing letters...

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