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Sixties Sandstorm: The Fight over Establishment of a Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 1961-1970
In 1961, Senator Philip Hart of Michigan introduced legislation to add Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes and 77,000 surrounding acres to America's National Park system. The 1,600 people who lived in the proposed park area feared not only that the federal government would confiscate their homes, but that a wave of tourists would ensue and destroy their beloved and fragile land ...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published March 31st 2001 by Michigan State University Press
(first published February 2001)
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In 1961, Senator Philip Hart introduced legislation to add Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes and 77,000 surrounding acres to America's National Park system. This book provides a balanced account of the nine-year legislative struggle to make sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore a reality.
An interesting and pretty balanced history of the decade long fight to designate the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Anyone who lived in Michigan in the 60's & 70's will recognize the names of the politicians involved. It's interesting to see how some of them changed their views over time and as the legislation evolved. There are also some lessons to be learned in leadership, building partnerships & conflict resolution.
Pretty boring, but I mean let's be honest, a person who can make politics just super exciting needs a high five! Kalt did a great job though on explaining the background of the story, however fails to mention the crazy incident about the guy who wanted to build a theme park right near the Dunes.