Rightful Heritage: FDR and the Environment

Sat. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903


Acclaimed, award-winning historian Douglas Brinkley (Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America) examines the environmental legacy of 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.

Why should you attend?

Rightful Heritage is a marvelous book in every sense; one of Douglas Brinkley’s very best. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s achievements in conservation helped preserve the nation’s natural bounty, but also made it accessible to the citizenry as never before. An easily forgotten legacy of the New Deal, those achievements presaged bold efforts at global conservation during World War II. By telling this grand story so well, Brinkley provokes readers to appreciate how, with great leadership and sufficient political will, the national government can perform wonders of its own.”—Sean Wilentz

“Following his definitive look at Teddy Roosevelt’s passion for wilderness conservation, Doug Brinkley now brings us a colorful, exciting narrative of how his cousin FDR carried on the cause of being a warrior for the environment. By highlighting FDR’s drive for protecting our land, Brinkley gives us a wonderful, timely new perspective on FDR; his wife, Eleanor; and the dedicated environmentalists around them.”—Walter Isaacson

“With this engaging book, Douglas Brinkley recovers one of Franklin Roosevelt’s long-overlooked legacies: his stewardship of America’s natural resources. This is a vivid history of an important subject, and we are lucky that Brinkley has turned his attention to the Roosevelt we do not generally associate with the preservation of our environment.”—Jon Meacham

Brinkley, Douglas Rightful Heritage