Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America

Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America

by Douglas Brinkley


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Douglas Brinkley’s The Wilderness Warrior celebrated Theo­dore Roosevelt’s spirit of outdoor exploration and bold vision to protect 234 million acres of wild America. Now, in Rightful Heritage, Brinkley turns his attention to another indefatigable environmental leader—Theodore’s distant cousin

Franklin Delano Roosevelt—chronicling his essential yet undersung legacy as the founder of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the premier protector of America’s public lands. FDR built state park systems and scenic roadways from scratch. Through his leadership, pristine landscapes such as the Great Smokies, the Everglades, Joshua Tree, the Olympics, Big Bend, and the Channel Islands were forever saved.

Rightful Heritage is essential reading for everyone interested in our treasured landscapes and historic sites as American birthrights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062089250
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 784
Sales rank: 249,014
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, a CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.  In the world of public history, he serves on boards, at museums, at colleges, and for historical societies. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “America’s New Past Master.” The New-York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley as its official U.S. Presidential Historian. His recent book Cronkite won the Sperber Prize, while The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He was awarded a Grammy for Presidential Suite and is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates in American studies. His two-volume, annotated Nixon Tapes recently won the Arthur S. Link–Warren F. Kuehl Prize. He is a member of the Century Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children.


Table of Contents

Part 1 The Education of a Hudson River Conservationist, 1882-1932

Chapter 1 "All That is in Me Goes Back to the Hudson" 3

Chapter 3 "I Just Wish I Could be at Home to Help Mark the Trees" 27

Chapter 4 "He Knew Every Tree, Every Rock, and Every Stream" 47

Chapter 5 "Wise Use" 65

Chapter 5 "Nothing Like Mother Nature" 92

Chapter 6 "A Twice-Born Man" 122

Part 2 New Deal Conservation, 1933-1936

Chapter 7 "They've Made the Good Earth Better" 159

Chapter 8 "He Did Not Wait to Ask Questions, But Simply Said that it Should Be Done" 187

Chapter 9 "Roosevelt Is My Shepherd" 213

Chapter 10 "The Year of the National Park" 238

Chapter 11 "A Duck for Every Puddle" 268

Chapter 12 "Sooner Or Later, You are Likely to Meet the Sign of the Flying Goose" 298

Chapter 13 "We Are Going to Conserve Soil, Conserve Water, and Conserve Life" 330

Part 3 Conservation Expansion, 1937-1939

Chapter 14 "While You're Gittin', Git A-Plenty" 361

Chapter 15 "I Hope the Son-of-a-Bitch Who Logged that is Roasting in Hell" 389

Chapter 16 "Perpetuated For Posterity" 420

Chapter 17 "To Benefit Wildlife" 455

Part 4 World War II and Global Conservation, 1940-1945

Chapter 18 "An Abundance of Wild Things" 485

Chapter 19 "The Army Must Find a Different Nesting Place!" 513

Chapter 30 "Conservation is a Basis of Permanent Peace" 549

Prologue: "Where the Sundial Stands" 577

Appendix A National Park System Areas Affected Under the Reorganization of August 10, 1933 596

Appendix B National Wildlife Refuges Established Under Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945 600

Appendix C National Parks and National Monuments Created by Franklin D. Roosevelt Following the Reorganization of August 10, 1933 610

Appendix D Establishment and Modification of National Forest Boundaries by Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 1933 to April 1945 611

Appendix E The Nine Civilian Conservation Corps Areas 624

Appendix F Civilian Conservation Corps-Basic Facts 625

Acknowledgments 627

Notes 638

Index 718

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