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

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

Neil M. Maher


the nice melancholy coincided with a wave of normal failures, together with the dirt Bowl and devastating floods of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. recuperating from those calamities--and fighting their reoccurrence--was an enormous aim of the hot Deal.

In Nature's New Deal, Neil M. Maher examines the heritage of 1 of Franklin D. Roosevelt's boldest and such a lot winning experiments, the Civilian Conservation Corps, describing it as a turning aspect either in nationwide politics and within the emergence of recent environmentalism. certainly, Roosevelt addressed either the industrial and environmental crises via placing americans to paintings at holding traditional assets, throughout the Soil Conservation provider, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Civilian Conservation Corps (or CCC). The CCC created public landscapes--natural terrain altered through federal paintings projects--that helped environmentalism blossom after global warfare II, Maher notes. thousands of american citizens committed themselves to a brand new imaginative and prescient of conservation, person who went past the outdated version of easily maximizing the effective use of normal assets, to incorporate the promoting of human overall healthiness via outside game, desert upkeep, and ecological stability. And but, as Maher explores the increase and improvement of the CCC, he additionally exhibits how the critique of its campgrounds, picnic parts, mountaineering trails, and motor roads frames the talk over environmentalism to this day.

From the colourful lifestyles at CCC camps, to political discussions within the White condominium and the philosophical debates courting again to John Muir and Frederick legislations Olmsted, Nature's New Deal captures a key second within the emergence of contemporary environmentalism.

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