Podcast on the History of the Department of Interior: “Sick Man” of American Government

Thanks to Legal History Blog for this one (the “sick man” line is from that blog):

Patricia Limerick
Parks and Politics: Saving the American Environment
The University of Colorado, Boulder
July 22, 2008
Running Time: 51:41 (click here to find the play button)

Bureaucrats, University of Colorado professor of history Patricia Limerick argues, are often the most overlooked (at best) or reviled (at worst) of government officials, but they wield tremendous powers that shape Americans’ daily lives. Nowhere is this more true than in the bureaucracy of the U.S. Department of the Interior. A wide-ranging agency charged with both protecting land and promoting its use, the Department of the Interior implements federal law over millions of acres of land and mediates the claims of environmental, mining, foresting, farming, and ranching interests, among others. Bureaucracies like the Department of the Interior may be boring, Limerick argues, but historians cannot ignore their impact on the development of the American West.

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