Advertisement

Recovering FDR’s Environmental Legacy

  • Richard N L. Andrews
Part of the The World of the Roosevelts book series (WOOROO)

Abstract

Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) became president during the worst conjunction of economic and environmental disasters in American history: the Great Depression and near-collapse of the American economy, and the Dust Bowl and devastating floods of the 1930s (Lowitt 1984, 35, 37). By the time of his death in office 12 years later, he left an environmental as well as an economic and administrative legacy that is arguably unmatched by any president before or since. His environmental legacy included three broad elements: a legacy of specific environmental policies, programs, and institutions; a legacy of values and principles for environmental leadership and management; and a legacy of environmental results, including the impacts both of his environmental initiatives and of many other initiatives intended to achieve other policy goals.

Keywords

Conservation Farming Soil Conservation Service Dust Bowl Tennessee Valley Authority Federal Subsidy 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Andrews, Richard N.L. 1999. Managing the Environment, Managing Ourselves: A History of American Environmental Policy. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Graham, Otis L., Jr. 1976. Toward a Plannai]ed Society: From Roosevelt to Nixon. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Jackson, Kenneth T. 1985. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  4. Leuchtenburg, William E. 1963. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932–1940. New York: Harper & Row.Google Scholar
  5. Leuchtenburg, William E. 1995. The FDR Years: On Roosevelt and His Legacy. New York: Columbia University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Lowitt, Richard. 1984. The New Deal and the West. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.Google Scholar
  7. Morgan, Robert J. 1965. Governing Soil Conservation: Thirty Years of the New Decentralization. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.Google Scholar
  8. Nixon, Edgar B., ed. 1957. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Conservation, 1911–1945. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.Google Scholar
  9. Owen, Anna Lou Riesch 1983. Conservation Under F.D.R. New York: Praeger Publishing.Google Scholar
  10. Paarlberg, Don 1989. “Tarnished Gold: Fifty Years of New Deal Farm Programs.” Chapter 2 in The New Deal and Its Legacy: Critique and Reappraisal, edited by Robert Eden. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press.Google Scholar
  11. Public Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Vols. I-XIII.Google Scholar
  12. Rasmussen, Wayne D. and Gladys L. Baker. 1986. “The New Deal Farm Programs: The Myth and the Reality.” In The Roosevelt New Deal: A Program Assessment Fifty Years Later, edited by Wilbur D. Cohen. Austin: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, 201–19.Google Scholar
  13. Rasmussen, Wayne D., Gladys L. Baker, and James S. Ward. 1976. A Short History of Agricultural Adjustment, 1933–75. Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 391. Washington, DC: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.Google Scholar
  14. Schlesinger, Arthur M. 1965 [1958]. The Coming ofthe New Deal. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.Google Scholar
  15. World Bank. 2003. World Development Report 2003. New York: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. World Commission on Environment and Development. 1987. Our Common Future. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Henry L. Henderson and David B. Woolner 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard N L. Andrews

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations