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  title={“When Dans Weren't Damned: The Public Power Crusade and Visions of the Good Life in the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s”},
  author={W. A. Dick},
  journal={Environmental Review},
  pages={113 - 153}
  • W. A. Dick
  • Published 1 September 1989
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Review
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