Nature's New Deal : The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Nov 6, 2007 - Political Science - 328 pages
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The Great Depression coincided with a wave of natural disasters, including the Dust Bowl and devastating floods of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Recovering from these calamities--and preventing their reoccurrence--was a major goal of the New Deal. In Nature's New Deal, Neil M. Maher examines the history of one of Franklin D. Roosevelt's boldest and 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 (or CCC). The CCC created public landscapes--natural terrain altered by federal work projects--that helped environmentalism blossom after World War II, Maher notes. Millions of Americans 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 Maher explores the rise and development of the CCC, he also shows how the critique of its campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, and motor roads frames the debate over environmentalism to this day. From the colorful life at CCC camps, to political discussions in the White House and the philosophical debates dating back to John Muir and Frederick Law Olmsted, Nature's New Deal captures a key moment in the emergence of modern environmentalism.
  

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Contents

New Deal Conservation
3
Franklin Roosevelts Progressive Era Influences
17
The Evolution of CCC Conservation
43
Enrollee Work and the Body Politic
77
Locals and NextDoor Natures
115
The Great Conservation Debate
151
From TopDown Conservation to BottomUp Environment
181
New Deal Landscapes in the Environmental Era
211
NOTES
227
INDEX
301
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