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Antiquities Act

Added by yongli on 05/03/2016 - 15:16, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
The Antiquities Act, enacted in 1906, was the United States’ first federal law recognizing the importance and value of the places and objects that represent the country’s history and prehistory. The act provided for protection of archaeological and historic sites, and gave the President authority...

Cannabis (marijuana)

Added by yongli on 02/02/2017 - 16:10, last changed on 04/06/2017 - 08:37
Cannabis ( Cannabis sativa , Cannabis indica ) is a cultivated annual herb. In Colorado it is best known for producing the medicinal and recreational drug “marijuana,” but it is also grown for a variety of other products, including seed oil, rope, ointments, and clothing. The cannabis plant comes...

Colorado’s New Energy Economy

Added by yongli on 02/06/2017 - 16:14, last changed on 02/20/2017 - 10:54
The term New Energy Economy refers to the transition of a state’s energy economy from one based purely on fossil fuels to one that includes a higher percentage of renewable energy sources. State-level energy policies have been the primary force moving the United States toward a greener economy, and...

Land and Resource Management in Colorado

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 16:21, last changed on 01/23/2017 - 16:21
The ideologies of conservation and preservation have profoundly shaped Colorado’s physical landscapes and continue to shape Coloradans’ attitudes toward nature. Agencies such as Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the United States Forest Service (USFS), multiple-use agencies, oversee the use and...

Populism in Colorado

Added by yongli on 01/31/2017 - 12:51, last changed on 03/17/2017 - 10:59
Populism was a third-party political movement of the 1890s that left an enduring imprint on Colorado history. The Populist or People’s Party was especially strong in the south, Midwest, and west because it focused on the grievances of farmers, workers, and members of what Populists called “the...

The City Beautiful Movement in Denver

Added by yongli on 10/22/2015 - 16:06, last changed on 04/14/2017 - 16:09
Beginning in the late nineteenth century, the City Beautiful movement sought to create a livable urban environment with healthy and agreeable conditions and an abundance of recreational facilities in the midst of rapidly industrializing cities. Cities throughout Colorado undertook City Beautiful...

“Great American Desert”

Added by yongli on 09/30/2016 - 09:37, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
Early nineteenth century Army explorers Zebulon Pike and Stephen H. Long conceptualized the Great Plains east of the Rocky Mountains as the “Great American Desert.” Long’s report called it “unfit for cultivation,” while Pike compared it to “the sandy deserts of Africa.” The myth of the Great...
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