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Conservative Conservationist

Russell E. Train and the Emergence of American Environmentalism

Keith D. Dickson

Publication Year: 2011

Published by: Louisiana State University Press


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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xii

...received outstanding assistance and I owe a great deal of thanks as a result. Russell and Aileen Train were kind enough to house and feed me at their home in Florida, Russell patiently sitting for hours of taped interviews. Without access to his personal papers...

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Introduction: Medal of Freedom

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pp. 1-10

...President George Bush planned to award him the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. It was the culmination of a career that spanned half a century and established Train as one of the nation’s most powerful environmentalists. “From the standpoint...

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1. A Family of Prominence, a Career of Promise

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pp. 11-28

...Thomas Jefferson predicted in 1813 the rise of a “natural aristocracy” in the young American republic, families whose “virtue and talents” afforded them a level of prominence...

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2. From Courts to Conservation

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pp. 29-46

...Early in 1952, awash in a sea of congressional politics and taxes, Russell Train received an invitation from a friend he had made at Columbia, Joseph Spaulding. Spaulding had...

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3. The Conservation Foundation and the New Environmentalism

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pp. 47-66

...As Train began his duties at the Conservation Foundation, the sounds of folk singer Bob Dylan permeated the airwaves. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” sang Dylan, perhaps...

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4. The Department of Interior

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pp. 67-86

...On January 20, 1969, Richard Nixon took the oath of o∞ce as the nation’s thirtyseventh chief executive. Standing before the American people, his comments indicated that despite his debate with Train only days before, the report of Train’s task force resonated...

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5. CEQ at High Tide

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pp. 87-108

...The great nineteenth-century British actor Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree once remarked, “The only man who wasn’t spoiled by being lionized was Daniel.” If Tree were alive...

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6. The Tide Turns

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pp. 109-136

...“Throughout my life,” Train recalled, “I’ve been a tremendously lucky fellow.”1 In the summer of 1971, as he entered his sixth decade, little had happened to suggest otherwise. Health...

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7. A Challenge in Crisis

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pp. 137-157

...By the summer of 1973 Watergate was more than just the name of an expensive apartment complex in the nation’s capital. The burglary at the Democratic National Committee the...

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8. A New President, a New Right

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pp. 158-184

...Gerald Ford and Russell Train appeared to be cut from the same cloth. While the new President lacked Train’s pedigree, he had earned his status as a Washington insider. Colleagues...

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9. Wildlife and Washington

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pp. 185-211

...It took only weeks for Train to find the silver lining in the black clouds of Washington. Retreating to his farm with no o∞cial duties, Train sat with Aileen before a large...

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Epilogue: Retirement?

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pp. 212-222

...In extolling the virtues of nature, the famous transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish...


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pp. 223-258

Select Bibliography

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pp. 259-268


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pp. 269-278

Image Plates

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pp. 279-298

E-ISBN-13: 9780807148242
Print-ISBN-13: 9780807132036

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2011

OCLC Number: 781615079
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Subject Headings

  • Train, Russell E., 1920-2012.
  • Cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography.
  • Judges -- United States -- Biography.
  • United States. Dept. of the Interior -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
  • Conservationists -- United States -- Biography.
  • Environmentalists -- United States -- Biography.
  • Environmentalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • Environmental policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • Conservation of natural resources -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • World Wildlife Fund -- Biography.
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