The Colorado Doctrine
Water Rights, Corporations, and Distributive Justice on the American Frontier
Series: Yale Law Library Series in Legal History and Reference
256 Pages, 6.12 x 9.25 x 0.93 in, 15 b-w illus.
- Published: Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012
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Making extensive use of archival and other primary sources, David Schorr demonstrates that the development of the “appropriation doctrine,” a system of private rights in water, was part of a radical attack on monopoly and corporate power in the arid West. Schorr describes how Colorado miners, irrigators, lawmakers, and judges forged a system of private property in water based on a desire to spread property and its benefits as widely as possible among independent citizens. He demonstrates that ownership was not dictated by concerns for economic efficiency, but by a regard for social justice.
"Schorr draws upon his meticulous research into documents from the early Colorado mining camps and nascent territorial and state water law." —Water History~Water History