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Nature's New Deal

Neil M. Maher

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780195306019
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199867820 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306019.001.0001
Nature's New Deal

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The Great Depression coincided with a wave of natural disasters, including the Dust Bowl and devastating floods along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Recovering from the calamities was a major goal of the New Deal. This book examines the history of one of Franklin D. Roosevelt's most successful experiments, the Civilian Conservation Corps, describing it as a turning point both in national politics and in the emergence of modern environmentalism. Indeed, Roosevelt addressed both the economic and environmental crises by putting Americans to work at conserving natural resources, through the Soil Conservation Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC created public landscapes—natural terrain altered by federal work projects—that helped environmentalism blossom after World War II. Millions of American devoted themselves to a new vision of conservation, one that went beyond the old model of simply maximizing the efficient use of natural resources, to include the promotion of human health through outdoor recreation, wilderness preservation, and ecological balance. And yet, as the book explores the rise and development of the CCC, it also shows how the critique of its campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, and motor roads framed the debate over environmentalism to this day.

Keywords: conservation; environmentalism; New Deal; Franklin Roosevelt; landscape; politics; environmental history; Civilian Conservation Corps; CCC

Book.  320 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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INTRODUCTION in Nature's New Deal

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/ IDEAS in Nature's New Deal

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/ LANDSCAPE in Nature's New Deal

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/ LABOR in Nature's New Deal

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/ COMMUNITY in Nature's New Deal

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/ NATION in Nature's New Deal

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/ PLANNING in Nature's New Deal

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