Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




In order to control floods and provide irrigation, hydroelectric power, and other benefits, the federal government has in recent years built a large number of dams on the nation's major rivers. Because of the destruction of scenic values and natural resources caused by the construction of these dam projects and the necessary displacement of those people unfortunate enough to live within the reservoir areas, the neccity of these dams has often been questioned. With a view only toward the larger features and results of dam construction, those people who have supported these massive prjects have often failed to realize that they involve many small matters of both economic and human relations, since the taking of property may present the people directly involved with a crucial life issue. Precisely in regard to these kinds of relationships, the federal government and particularly the Corps of Engineers has demonstrated a great lack of sensitivity.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1973, Michael Lee Lawson

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