The Environmental Legacy of Harry S. Truman

Truman State University Press

Decades before the environmental concerns of the 1960s and long before today's quest for sustainability, Harry S Truman's presidency decisively changed the scope and pace of federal government interaction with the natural world. Determined to extend the prosperity promised by Roosevelt's New Deal, Truman approved ambitious plans to harness nature for human betterment, national power, and economic security. His decision to spend billions of dollars building dams not only altered the flow of rivers, but stimulated new debates about the balance between wilderness and human society. By ordering the development and testing of atomic weapons, Truman's administration reshaped both 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 transforming the American environment and the federal government's authority over it.
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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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Publisher
Truman State University Press
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Published on
May 1, 2009
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Pages
184
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ISBN
9781931112932
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Nature / Natural Resources
Political Science / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
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