On the Importance of Environmental Claims-Making: The Role of James O. Wright in Promoting the Drainage of Florida's Everglades in the Early Twentieth Century

  title={On the Importance of Environmental Claims-Making: The Role of James O. Wright in Promoting the Drainage of Florida's Everglades in the Early Twentieth Century},
  author={Christopher F. Meindl and Derek Hilton Alderman and Peter R. Waylen},
  journal={Annals of the Association of American Geographers},
  pages={682 - 701}
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