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Sagebrush Rebellion

The sagebrush rebellion refers to a movement that gained momentum in the western United States where states sought to assert their individual rights over federal public land within their boundaries. The rebellion had its roots in historical events spanning four previous resistance movements in the west dating back to the 1880s, with each movement coalescing around natural resource issues. This resistance was also in opposition to the placement of land under federal jurisdiction following the passage of federal legislation and creation of federal agencies to manage public land. As the rebellion gained strength throughout the 1970s, it turned into a populist campaign for states' rights united in opposition to federal land management policies.

The term specifically came into being in 1979 with the passage in ...

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