Flooding the Southwest: An Arizona Inland Sea as Agricultural Utopia

Joseph Giacomelli

Cornell University

Joseph Giacomelli received a PhD in history from Cornell University in 2017. His project, "Uncertain Climes: Debating Climate Change in Gilded-Age America," examines the scientific and cultural politics of late nineteenth-century climate theories.


During the 1870s, a group of Euro-Americans devised a plan to flood vast portions of Western Arizona and California. The civil engineers J.E. James and Richard Stretch argued that irrigation canals could create an inland sea... [ view full abstract ]


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P88 » Climates of Nature as Climates of Wo/Men (15:45 - Saturday, 24th March, Enchantment F)

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