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The Ballinger-Pinchot controversy resulted in highly publicized congressional hearings and, ultimately, Pinchot’s 1910 dismissal for insubordination. 10 Although John Muir and the Sierra Club had achieved some success in delaying the ﬂooding of Hetch Hetchy, in 1913 the newly inaugurated Woodrow Wilson appointed former San Francisco attorney Franklin Lane as Interior secretary. Congress moved quickly to authorize the ﬂooding of the valley, and construction of the O’Shaughnessy Dam began the next year.
7. 8. 9. 10. inheritance tax and discovered stunning similar institutional developments in that ﬁeld, as we do in ours in the ﬁnal time period. See Michael J. Graetz and Ian Shapiro, Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight over Taxing Inherited Wealth (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005). For discussion, see Brian J. Glenn, “The Two Schools of American Political Development,” Political Studies Review 2, 2 (2004): 153–65. Exemplary recent studies in the ideational tradition include Sheri Berman, The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe’s Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006); Erik Bleich, Race Politics in Britain and France: Ideas and Policymaking since the 1960s (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003); Mark Blyth, Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002); and Katherine McNamara, The Currency of Ideas (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998).
As Senator Guy Cordon (D-OR) noted, “the people of the United States, supported as they thought, by court decisions, supported as they knew, by words coming from the highest ofﬁcers up to the department level of the United States . . bought, sold, and improved [lands] throughout more than a century of our history. . ”69 Thomas H. ”70 Opponents of the Submerged Land Act called on the majority to reafﬁrm the GOP’s legacy of conservation and eschew the demands of special interests. ’ This is nonsense.
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