A New Deal for Nature—And Nature’s People

  • Roger G. Kennedy
Part of the The World of the Roosevelts book series (WOOROO)


We have nothing to fear, but fear itself. Not skepticism, not wariness, but fear. Warily we act prudently. Fear confuses. Terror immobilizes. Terrorists seek to induce terror, and if they cannot achieve immobility in their victims, they seek to induce them to act fearfully, imprudently, and in confusion. That is the lesson of the last 70 years, since Franklin Roosevelt refused to be terrified by the crisis of the 1930s, since Franklin Roosevelt showed how presidents can lead a people away from fear toward a confident, cheerful, and humane society.


Dust Storm High Plain Conservation Reserve Program Force Retreat Dust Bowl 
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  1. 1.
    Stories and quotations from James McG. Burns, Roosevelt, The Lion and the Fox (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1956) 245–46Google Scholar
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    Data and quotation from John D. Hicks, The Populist Revolt: A History of the Farmer’s Alliance & the People’s Party (Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1961) 32.Google Scholar

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