Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in English
English Language and Literature
The power of eminent domain is granted under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. It is the power of the national government to appropriate private property for public use if just compensation is provided to the landowner. In 1964, the United States government, under the Wilderness Act, for the first time appropriated land for recreational use using the power of eminent domain. The Wilderness Act indicated a change in the policy of the United States government from one of land conservation to that of land preservation. One result of the Wilderness Act was the creation of the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways in southern Missouri. This thesis, a work of creative nonfiction, is an account of one family's experiences before, during, and shortly after the National Park Service acquired their property by enforcing the policy of eminent domain.
© Kay Lawson
Lawson, Kay, "Eminent Domain" (2000). MSU Graduate Theses. 2419.