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A Thousand Pieces of Paradise
Landscape and Property in the Kickapoo Valley
Lynne Heasley

Wisconsin Land and Life
Arnold Alanen, Series Editor

“A pioneering study that anyone interested in rural America and contemporary debates about property rights and environmental protection will want to read.”

—William Cronon, author of Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature

A Thousand Pieces of Paradise is an ecological history of property and a cultural history of rural ecosystems set in one of the Midwest’s most historically significant regions, the Kickapoo River Valley.  Whether examining the national war on soil erosion, Amish migration, a Corps of Engineers dam project, or Native American land claims, Lynne Heasley traces the history of modern American property debates. Her book holds powerful lessons for rural communities seeking to reconcile competing values about land and their place in it.

“This penetrating analysis of the complex forces that shape the landscape is a welcome relief form the narrow, rancorous debate between private property rights and outside government interference.” —Brian Donahue, author of The Great Meadow and Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town.

“Although this is a superb study of how the land itself is changing, it is even better as a series of interwoven human stories.” —Richard Francaviglia, American Historical Review

Lynne Heasley is assistant professor of history and environmental studies at Western Michigan University.

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cover of the Heasley is a broad photo of contoured fields in the Kickapoo valley, with mist covered hills in the background. The photographer is B.W. Hoffman, photo is used with permission

April 2012

LC: 2005011171 F
248 pp.   6 x 9
12 maps and graphs

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ISBN 978-0-299-21394-7
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