Table of Contents Explanation

For book-style reading, the Table of Contents pages re-arrange related blog entries so they can be read like 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 March 2020:

HAVASUPAI: They cover from archeo-history through the Enlargement of 1975.

HUALAPAI: Posts on Hualapai history and on other Canyon matters with Hualapai involvement.

NAVAJO: Major posts on the problems raised by the history of the boundary between the Navajo Reservation and what is now National Park land. The story of the defeat of the speculators' Confluence scheme is only glanced at. Some 2020 developments are summarized.

PAIUTE: Posts on Southern Paiute and the Canyon

THE PARK:  The establishment and changes to National Park System units in the Grand Canyon through the proclamation of the 4th Monument, Grand Canyon - Parashant. Twenty-first Century proposals are summarized. There are my general thoughts about the future.

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: These are the posts detailing the attempts to build hydropower projects in the Grand Canyon: Bridge Canyon and Marble Gorge dams, and the Kanab tunnel. The posts from historical archives cover from the early XXth-century through 1964. There is a summary of my journal 1966-8. The story of the dam fight is told in a detailed way, using summaries of contemporaneous news articles. These are brought together in a long post presenting the story of how "the Canyon was saved". Relevant topics and controversies are discussed. There is a review and critique of the Pearson anti-environmental screed published in 2020.

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

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