The Environmental Legacy of Harry S. Truman

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Years prior to the environmental concerns of the 1960s and long before today's quest for sustainability, Harry S. Truman's time in office decisively changed the way government interacts with the natural world. Determined to extend the prosperity of Roosevelt's New Deal, Truman enacted plans to harness nature for human betterment, national power, and economic security. His approval of billions of dollars in spending on dams not only altered the flow of rivers, but shifted the balance between wilderness and human ...

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Overview

Years prior to the environmental concerns of the 1960s and long before today's quest for sustainability, Harry S. Truman's time in office decisively changed the way government interacts with the natural world. Determined to extend the prosperity of Roosevelt's New Deal, Truman enacted plans to harness nature for human betterment, national power, and economic security. His approval of billions of dollars in spending on dams not only altered the flow of rivers, but shifted the balance between wilderness and human society. In developing and testing atomic weapons, Truman's administration reshaped 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 the transformation of the American environment and the government's authority over it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931112932
  • Publisher: Truman State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Series: Truman Legacy Series
  • Pages: 145
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Preface xiii

Introduction

Los Alamos to the Everglades-Harry S. Truman's Environmental Legacy Karl Boyd Brooks xvii

Document Set One xxxiii

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 3

From Truman to Eisenhower

Rethinking Postwar Environmental "Consensus" Paul Milazzo 20

Conservation after World War II

The Truman Administration, Foreign Aid, and the "Greatest Good" Thomas Robertson 32

Document Set Two 48

Harry Truman's Continuing Legacy

Administrative Law Reform and Environmental Lawmaking Christopher H. Schroeder 57

Truman's Environmental Legacy in Our Time

The Importance of Executive Leadership to Environmental Progress Christine Todd Whitman 67

Swamped

Harry Truman, South Florida, and the Changing Political Geography of American Conservation Michael Grunwald 75

Photo Essay 89

Appendices

A My View from the White House-Truman's Environmental Legacy is Being Exaggerated Ken Hechler 109

B Environmental Policy Materials in the Harry S. Truman Library David Clark 114

C Researching Environmental History during the Truman Era in the National Archives Michael C. Reis 118

D Harry S. Truman and the Natural Environment-A Chronology Karl Boyd Brooks Ray Geselbracht 126

Suggested Readings 131

Contributors 135

Index 139

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