The Man from Clear Lake: Earth Day Founder Gaylord Nelson

The Man from Clear Lake: Earth Day Founder Gaylord Nelson

by Bill Christofferson
     
 

   On Earth Day 1970 twenty million Americans displayed their commitment to a clean environment.  It was called the largest demonstration in human history, and it permanently changed the nation’s political agenda. By Earth Day 2000 participation had exploded to 500 million people in 167 countries.
    The seemingly

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   On Earth Day 1970 twenty million Americans displayed their commitment to a clean environment.  It was called the largest demonstration in human history, and it permanently changed the nation’s political agenda. By Earth Day 2000 participation had exploded to 500 million people in 167 countries.
    The seemingly simple idea—a day set aside to focus on protecting our natural environment—was the brainchild of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. It accomplished, far beyond his expectations, his lifelong goal of putting the environment onto the nation’s and the world’s political agendas.
    A remarkable man, Nelson ranks as one of history’s leading environmentalists. He also played a major role as an early, outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War, and as a senate insider was a key player in civil rights, poverty, civil liberties and consumer protection issues.
    The life of Nelson, a small town boy who learned his values and progressive political principles at an early age, is woven through the political history of the twentieth century. Nelson’s story intersects at times with Fighting Bob La Follette, Joe McCarthy, and Bill Proxmire in Wisconsin, and with George McGovern, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Russell Long, Walter Mondale, John F. Kennedy, and others on the national scene.

Winner, Elizabeth A. Steinberg Prize, University of Wisconsin Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299196400
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
933,855
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Notevii
Prologue: 22 April 19703
1The Nelsons of Clear Lake9
2Happy24
3Into the World34
4General Nelson40
5Losing with La Follette48
6Building a Party55
7Taking on McCarthy64
8Getting Ready to Run71
9Nelson for Governor80
10A Two-Party State90
11An Ambitious Agenda97
12Family Fights123
13Still the Underdogs129
14The Conservation Governor138
15The Great Tax Debate148
16On to the Senate158
17The First Shall Be Last168
18Enlisting the President175
19Joining the Club187
20Defending the Constitution197
21Saving the Appalachian Trail208
22The Hard Detergent Battle213
23The Great Society219
24Islands and Rivers239
25Protecting Consumers251
26The Great Lakes265
27The Fight to Ban DDT273
28Vietnam282
29Earth Day302
30Immune to Presidential Fever313
31The Environmental Decade327
32A Lasting Legacy338
Notes351
Bibliography389
Index393

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