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The Hoover Dam: The Story of Hard Times, Tough People and The Taming of a Wild River (Wonders of the World Book) Hardcover – October 6, 2001
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As an introduction to our Hoover Dam unit, I opted to focus, instead, on the absolutely stunning illustrations and allow my students to write their own words.
Later in the unit, I made the book available to my students and many found it to be a wonderful reference tool. It was quite complimentary to McBride's: Building Hoover Dam: An Oral History of the Great Depression yet a lot more appropriate for fourth graders.
While Mann's book can be a great classroom reference for a Hoover Dam unit, it is not recommended as a read-aloud.
Planning and preparation (1922-1931) Construction (1931-1936)
The Great Depression (1929-1936)
The Hoover Dam was moored and built in Black canyon, at the southern tip of Nevada (another canyon was optioned and is known as Boulder canyon, but the mineral stone that held it together would have been weak under the strain of the dam's weight, so it was decided against it). Before the plans to build a dam of such magnitude were ever conceptualized, the notion to gain control of the wild and unpredictable Colorado river was in the minds of many people, but especially in the minds of certain businessmen who had their eyes on the river and on a stretch of organically rich yet mostly arid land known as Paradise Valley. This time period was between the late 1800Th and the beginning years of the 1900th. These men saw this as sellable farm land, but there was the Colorado they had to contend with. The river had a tendency to be of near-drought water levels to flooding levels with little warning whatsoever. So to remedy the situation, they built earthen mounds to redirect and irrigate the land, which worked well, for a time, which they probably knew would not hold. Even so, the land became lush, and they able sell the land to farmers and make a handsome profit.Read more ›
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I thought this book was outstanding and I grew up in Boulder City NV. I worked for the Bureau of Reclamation and I'm way past school age. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Vigilant Consumer