By Richard Lowitt
Few writers have written as thoughtfully and commonly on Oklahoma politics and tradition as Richard Lowitt. His paintings of the previous six many years strikes very easily between historic subject matters as numerous as agriculture, health and wellbeing, undefined, exertions, and the surroundings, providing an educated and enlightened standpoint. amassed for the 1st time in a single quantity, Lowitt’s articles on post–World conflict II Oklahoma and amazing Oklahomans exhibit a notable variety of the state’s political, environmental, agricultural, civil rights, and local American heritage within the chilly battle era.
Nowhere else, for instance, is the talk stirred up via Congressman Mike Synar stated so good, and Lowitt’s research of the decades-long conflict over grazing rights on federal land clarifies the problems surrounding a subject matter nonetheless within the information at the present time. Likewise, Lowitt’s research of Oklahoma’s farm challenge within the Seventies and ’80s extends some distance past the state’s borders, illuminating major and refined elements of an artificially engineered agricultural catastrophe whose effects are nonetheless felt. His probing of the “enigma of Mike Monroney,” U.S. senator from Oklahoma throughout the McCarthy interval, yields invaluable insights into the political nature of the baby-kisser, the country, and the days. different articles span a long time, from the advance of the Grand River Dam Authority (1935–1964) to the damming of the Arkansas River to create Kaw Reservoir (1957–1976) and efforts to enhance Indian overall healthiness in Oklahoma (1954–1980).
even if discussing environmental and cultural ecology or plumbing the politics of fortress Sill’s access into the missile age, Lowitt’s articles are huge in scope and unsparing intimately. All according to the author’s study within the Western historical past Collections on the collage of Oklahoma, those essays shape a useful ancient repository, placed into clarifying context by way of certainly one of Oklahoma’s most useful historians.
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Twentieth-Century Oklahoma: Reflections on the Forty-Sixth State by Richard Lowitt