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Everglades Digital Library

America's Swamp: the Historical Everglades Project

The Arthur E. Morgan Papers primarily relate to a controversy that occurred in 1912 when the U.S. House of Representatives held hearings to investigate the USDA's involvement in promoting land sales in the Everglades, and Morgan supplied expert analysis of the drainage project as a civil engineer specializing in flood control. His collection provides a revealing view of the often questionable practices of real estate sellers and members of both the state and federal governments as enthusiasm for the drainage of the Everglades swept the country.