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.
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
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