Rightful Heritage

Rightful Heritage


The acclaimed, award-winning historian—“America’s new past master” (Chicago Tribune)—examines the environmental legacy of FDR and the New Deal.

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 the other indefatigable environmental leader—Teddy’s distant cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, chronicling his essential yet under-sung legacy as the founder of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and premier protector of America’s public lands. FDR built from scratch dozens of State Park systems and scenic roadways. Pristine landscapes such as the Great Smokies, the Everglades, Joshua Tree, the Olympics, Big Bend, Channel Islands, Mammoth Cave, and the slickrock wilderness of Utah were forever saved by his leadership.

Brinkley traces FDR’s love for the natural world from his youth exploring the Hudson River Valley and bird watching. As America’s president from 1933 to 1945, Roosevelt—consummate political strategist—established hundreds of federal migratory bird refuges and spearheaded the modern endangered species movement. He brilliantly positioned his conservation goals as economic policy to combat the severe unemployment of the Great Depression. During its nine-year existence, the CCC put nearly three million young men to work on conservation projects—including building trails in the national parks, pollution control, land restoration to combat the Dust Bowl, and planting over two billion trees.

Rightful Heritage is an epic chronicle that is both an irresistible portrait of FDR’s unrivaled passion and drive, and an indispensable analysis that skillfully illuminates the tension between business and nature—exploiting our natural resources and conserving them. Within the narrative are brilliant capsule biographies of such environmental warriors as Eleanor Roosevelt, Harold Ickes, and Rosalie Edge. Rightful Heritage is essential reading for everyone seeking to preserve our treasured landscapes as an American birthright.

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  • 001 Rightful Heritage
    Duration: 15s
  • 002 Chapter 01
    Duration: 57min
  • 003 Chapter 02
    Duration: 45min
  • 004 Chapter 03
    Duration: 40min
  • 005 Chapter 04
    Duration: 01h02min
  • 006 Chapter 05
    Duration: 01h09min
  • 007 Chapter 06
    Duration: 01h21min
  • 008 Chapter 07
    Duration: 01h07min
  • 009 Chapter 08
    Duration: 01h03min
  • 010 Chapter 09
    Duration: 59min
  • 011 Chapter 10
    Duration: 01h10min
  • 012 Chapter 11
    Duration: 01h08min
  • 013 Chapter 12
    Duration: 01h15min
  • 014 Chapter 13
    Duration: 01h03min
  • 015 Chapter 14
    Duration: 01h09min
  • 016 Chapter 15
    Duration: 01h11min
  • 017 Chapter 16
    Duration: 01h21min
  • 018 Chapter 17
    Duration: 01h05min
  • 019 Chapter 18
    Duration: 01h09min
  • 020 Chapter 19
    Duration: 01h29min
  • 021 Chapter 20
    Duration: 01h03min
  • 022 Epilogue
    Duration: 30min
  • 023 Credits
    Duration: 35s
  • sample
    Duration: 01min