Recovering FDR’s Environmental Legacy

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


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.


Conservation Farming Soil Conservation Service Dust Bowl Tennessee Valley Authority Federal Subsidy 
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