A Natural and Human History of Great Rivers of North America
An engaging, informative, and personal exploration of some of the great rivers of North America.
The physical nature of rivers has influenced the course of human history and development, whether it be in the prosecution of major conflicts (US Civil War), patterns of development and social change (dams on the Columbia River), the economy (gold rushes, agricultural development), or international relations (US and Mexico and the Colorado River). The centrality of human–river interactions has had great impacts on the biodiversity of rivers (salmon and other threatened species) that have been the focus of historical and current intense conflicts of values (e.g., water in the Sacramento–San Joaquin system and California “water wars” in general).
Of the thousands of rivers in North America, 10 are profiled in Rivers Run Through Us:
- Mackenzie River
- Yukon River
- Fraser River
- Columbia River
- Sacramento–San Joaquin River
- Colorado River
- Rio Grande/Rio Bravo River
- Mississippi River
- Hudson River
- St. Lawrence River
In this engaging new work, Eric Taylor takes readers on a grand tour of 10 of North America’s more important river systems, exploring one fundamental issue for each that illustrates the critical role each particular stream has had — and will have — in the human development of North America.