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978-0-7382-0146-7 / 0738201464

Trespassing: An Inquiry Into the Private Ownership of Land

by Mitchell, John Hanson

Publisher:Counterpoint

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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How did we come to adopt the strange notion of owning land?an exploration by one of Americas finest nature writers.. In this richly entertaining story that reaches back to the beginning of British common law and up to the most recent Supreme Court takings decisions, John Mitchell reveals how we came to accept a system of private ownership. Building upon the heartbreaking story of a tribe of praying Indians who bought into the colonists legal system and settled their own 2000-acre tract, only to be dispossessed and herded into a detention camp, he explores every variation on this important theme. }In this richly entertaining story that reaches back to the beginning of British common law and up to the most recent Supreme Court takings decisions, John Mitchell reveals how we came to accept a system of private ownership. Building upon the heartbreaking story of a tribe of praying Indians who bought into the colonists legal system and settled their own 2000-acre tract, only to be dispossessed and herded into a detention camp, he explores every variation on this important theme. An hilarious visit to the Mitchell ancestral manor in Scotland, a brilliant panorama of the single vast grid into which we carved the great plains and mountains of the West, a surreal excursion to a Native American reservation now developed into a mammoth casino, and suspenseful encounters between developers and conservationiststhese are among the highlights of a truly original and timely book. }

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