The Environmental Legacy of Harry S. Truman

Karl Boyd Brooks, ed.

$22.99$28.95

Decades before the environmental concerns of the 1960s and long before today’s quest for sustainability, Harry S. Truman’s presidency decisively changed the scope and pace of federal government interaction with the natural world. (TLS 5)

Clear
format

Ebook, Paperback

ISBN: N/A Categories: , , , Tags: , ,

Product Description

The Truman Legacy Series, Vol. 5

Decades before the environmental concerns of the 1960s and long before today’s quest for sustainability, Harry S. Truman’s presidency decisively changed the scope and pace of federal government interaction with the natural world. Determined to extend the prosperity promised by Roosevelt’s New Deal, Truman approved ambitious plans to harness nature for human betterment, national power, and economic security. His decision to spend billions of dollars building dams not only altered the flow of rivers, but stimulated new debates about the balance between wilderness and human society. By ordering the development and testing of atomic weapons, Truman’s administration reshaped both the domestic and global natural environment as well as the international power structure. This book includes articles by leading environmental, political, and legal scholars, examining the Truman presidency’s role in transforming the American environment and the federal government’s authority over it.

Contents

Introduction
Los Alamos to the Everglades—Harry S. Truman’s Environmental Legacy..... Karl Boyd Brooks

The Environmental Legacy of the Truman Presidency
Taking the Postwar Seriously: The Environmental Significance of the Truman Years in Modern United States History..... Mark W. T. Harvey
From Truman to Eisenhower: Rethinking Postwar Environmental “Consensus”..... Paul Milazzo
Conservation after World War II: The Truman Administration, Foreign Aid, and the “Greatest Good”..... Thomas Robertson
Harry Truman’s Continuing Legacy: Administrative Law Reform and Environmental Lawmaking..... Christopher H. Schroeder

Truman’s Environmental Legacy in Our Time
The Importance of Executive Leadership to Environmental Progress..... Christine Todd Whitman
Swamped: Harry Truman, South Florida, and the Changing Political Geography of American Conservation..... Michael Grunwald

Authors

After receiving his degree from Harvard Law School in 1983, Karl Boyd Brooks practiced civil trial and appellate work in his hometown of Boise, Idaho, while serving three terms in the Idaho State Senate from 1986 to 1992. Brooks later became the executive director and legislative liaison for the Idaho Conservation League, the state’s preeminent citizens environmental group. He earned his PhD in history from the University of Kansas in 2000 and subsequently joined the school’s history and environmental studies faculty. Following a year-long stint as a Supreme Court Fellow in Washington, DC, Brooks became an associate professor at the University of Kansas in 2006. He is also the author of Public Power, Private Dams: The Hells Canyon High Dam Controversy.

Reviews

Although historians of the environment have neglected the Truman and Eisenhower years in favor of the 1960s and 1970s for perfectly understandable reasons and interpreted the 1950s as a decade of profound neglect at best, environmental devastation at worst, [these authors] make a good case for the need to rethink the old perspective.

—Kansas History, Summer 2010

[This volume focuses] on what would now be called the environmental actions Truman (1884–1972) took while he was president of the US at the end of World War II, and the impact those actions continue to have now.

—Book News, August 2009