“FDR and Environmental Leadership”

  • James R. Lyons
Part of the The World of the Roosevelts book series (WOOROO)


James MacGregor Burns, in his Pulitzer Prize winning treatise, Leadership, begins his prologue with the following statement, “One of the most universal cravings of our time is a hunger for compelling and creative leadership.”1 If this is true today, or at the time that Burns completed his seminal work on leadership in 1978, it was most certainly true in 1933, when economic crisis and natural resource destruction combined to cast a pall over the American landscape. Leadership was desperately needed. Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), in so many ways, has been heralded for the leadership he and his administration provided to a nation in despair. But few have adequately recognized the leadership provided by FDR in restoring the nation’s natural resources, in protecting special places, and preserving the environment.


Soil Erosion Private Land Public Land Conservation Reserve Program Soil Conservation Service 
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