The Sagebrush Rebellion

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Newsweek The Angry West

This project focuses on the emergence of the Sagebrush Rebellion, a political and cultural moment in which traditional public lands users such as ranchers and other property owners revolted against federal management, beginning in the Great Basin.

There is more to the “Angry West” than political scientists and policy analysts have revealed to date. The 1970s, a decade of unprecedented environmental legislation also birthed unprecedented protest. But why? Was this protest just about increasing environmental regulation?

In light of the incidents at Bunkerville, Recapture Canyon, and Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the past few years, we are entering a moment when the discussion about the meaning and management of public lands is more important than ever.