By Lynne Heasley
A Thousand items of Paradise is an ecological background of estate and a cultural historical past of rural ecosystems set in a single of Wisconsin’s most renowned areas, the Kickapoo Valley. whereas analyzing the nationwide battle on soil erosion within the Nineteen Thirties, a debatable genuine property improvement scheme, Amish land cost, a U.S. military Corps of Engineers dam venture, and local American efforts to claim longstanding land claims, Lynne Heasley strains the ancient improvement of recent American estate debates inside of ever-more-diverse rural landscapes and cultures. Heasley argues that the way in which public discourse has framed environmental debates hides the total form our process of estate has taken in rural groups and landscapes. She exhibits how democratic and fluid visions of property—based on neighborhood relationships—have coexisted along individualistic visions of estate rights. during this environmental biography of a panorama and its humans lie robust classes for rural groups looking to comprehend and reconcile competing values approximately land and their position in it.
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Order upon the Land, Johnson’s study of the rectangular land survey, has special signiﬁcance here. Regionally, she showed the ways in which the survey changed and was challenged by the physical landscape of the Driftless Area. Nationally, she demonstrated how the survey became one of the foundations of private property as we know it today. The rectangular survey is intuitively familiar, even to people who do not know its history. We observe the survey every day in the rectangular yards of our neighborhoods.
Yet more farmers were holding on to their farms, at least for a time. The remainder of this chapter will set the historical context for Liberty after 1955. It will ﬁll two gaps in Liberty’s free market narrative (and in the maps themselves). The ﬁrst gap is the federal government, and more Intended Consequences 25 speciﬁcally its eﬀorts to unite two kinds of national policy—soil conservation and agricultural commodity output. The second gap is public policy on the ground, in the Kickapoo Valley, where the dynamics of private land ownership come into play.
In fact, though, conservation policies had not stalled. Both the twin goals that lay behind them and their actual implementation persisted into the 1950s. It was only that Zeasman and Bennett were not in a position to see the pivotal historical moment at hand. Thus they could not see the implications of evolving soil conservation programs. Just two years after Bennett’s speech, President Dwight D. 83 The Soil Bank, moreover, encouraged farmers to put their entire farms in the program. This meant that farmers took whole farms out of production, not just marginal land.