Table of Contents Explanation
For book-style reading, the Table of Contents pages re-arrange related blog entries as if they were parts of a printed book.
The blog format has many advantages for the effort I am engaged in; however, a disadvantage is that it is not organized for ease of coherent reading. Books (usually, and particularly non-fiction) are organized, written and edited to present material in a way that intrigues, informs, satisfies, educates, makes sense to, the reader. Narrative and history, of course, have the obvious choice of being chronological to make sense. Blog entries, on the other hand, can be scattered, and are often in the reverse of chronological order. My remedy for this is the TOC, attaching blog posts, no matter what date I created them, in order by chronology or subject matter or any organizing theme I choose.
Click on a tab to choose a subject. When the table of contents comes up, click on an item; it will appear in a new window for reading. When done, close that window to return to the item if you wish to choose the next, or any other, item to read. Or choose another subject by clicking on its tab.
Posts can be attached to more than one part of the TOC. For instance, one part could be a chronological telling of the Havasupai land repatriation. And I could also have a section dealing with conflicts between tribes and federal agencies, using some of the same entries. The point, for each section of the TOC, is to bring together related posts to approximate how they would appear in a traditional printed book without making the final commitment of a printed book.
I am not now taking the time to edit each blog entry (removing any digressions or repetitions, for instance) to read as smoothly as in a print book. Of course, most subjects are not completed yet, since I have skipped around; some subjects are yet to be started. As I add new or amended material, I will update the TOC.
Here are the subject categories as of April 2012:
HAVASUPAI: They cover from archeo-history through the Enlargement of 1975.
HUALAPAI: Posts on Hualapai history and on other Canyon matters with Hualapai involvement.
PAIUTE: Posts on Southern Paiute and the Canyon
THE PARK: The establishment and changes to National Park System units in the Grand Canyon.
BOUNDARIES: The justification and background is presented for each segment of the National Park's boundary. All posts on the Hualapai boundary appear here.
PLANNING: All posts dealing with planning for and building of visitor facilities at Mather Point. The story runs from the 1970's through 2011.
DAMS: All current posts are listed referring to the attempts to build hydropower projects in the Grand Canyon: Bridge Canyon and Marble Gorge dams, and the Kanab tunnel. The posts so far cover from the early XXth-century through 1964, plus a summary of my journal 1966-8. I will write the story of the final defeat of the dams in a while.
MINING: A few posts on mining activity in the 1970's and today. Many more stories need to be told.
SOME MAPS: A few interesting maps