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The Environmental Justice: William O. Douglas and American Conservation Paperback – April 1, 2009
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Adam M. Sowards’ book, “The Environmental Justice” drills deeper into this aspect of William O. Douglas’s life than other biographies written about him. William O. Douglas, raised in Yakima, Washington, in the early 1900’s, was a well-known jurist who served on the United States Supreme Court for 36 years. His written legacy includes a robust literature on the Constitution, civil liberties, privacy, and the environment. In addition to his 1200 judicial opinions he wrote 32 books, and 200 articles in magazines, law reviews, and outdoor journals. He became a proficient naturalist, conservationist, and world citizen. He pursued an activism that challenged officials in the other branches of government to speak truth to power.
Sowards explores Douglas’s environmental legacy with skill, depth, and lucidity. Thoroughly researched, he chronicles Douglas’s involvement in the creation of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, preservation of areas in Olympic National Park and what is now the William O. Douglas Wilderness in Washington State; as well as the Big Thicket in Texas. Sowards also recounts important environmental decisions by Douglas as a member of the Supreme Court—importantly Sierra Club v. Morton (1972); and in the end describes Douglas as one of the country’s leading “public intellectuals” during the middle of the last century.
Adam Sowards’ little volume is a very fine addition to the literature about William O. Douglas, the history of the environmental movement more generally, and the importance of wilderness preservation. I recommend it most highly.