The Environmental Legacy of Harry S. Truman

The Environmental Legacy of Harry S. Truman


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The Environmental Legacy of Harry S. Truman by Karl Boyd Brooks

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931112932
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2009
Series: Truman Legacy Series
Pages: 145
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

After receiving his degree from Harvard Law School in 1983, Karl Boyd Brooks practiced civil trial and appellate work in his hometown of Boise, Idaho, while serving three terms in the Idaho State Senate from 1986 to 1992. Brooks later became the executive director and legislative liaison for the Idaho Conservation League, the state’s preeminent citizens environmental group. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Kansas in 2000 and subsequently joined the school’s history and environmental studies faculty. Following a year-long stint as a Supreme Court Fellow in Washington, D.C., Brooks became an associate professor at the University of Kansas in 2006. He is also the author of "Public Power, Private Dams: The Hells Canyon High Dam Controversy."

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