Little Known Presidential Population Leadership

What was learned? This reader observes that multi-authored books without an identifiable thesis and whose authors do not know of or read the preceding chapters in the series are not on a sure road to best-sellerdom and influence, even though the core argument of what amounts to a long-running anthology is a stunning repudiation of the nation’s basic assumption of the inevitability and desirability of ending population growth, and the calling into question of other arenas of what we falsely call progress.

The movie script will be unusually difficult to write, but there certainly is a epic ending and another beginning story there.


Selected Readings

Critchlow, Donald T., Unintended Consequences: Birth Control and Abortion and the Federal Government in Modern America (1999)

Dernbach, John C., Stumbling Toward Sustainability (2002)

Graham, Otis L., Toward a Planned Society: From Roosevelt to Nixon (1976)

Grant, Lindsey, The Great Silence: U.S. Population Policy (2010)

Hoff, Derek S., The State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policy Making in U.S. History (2012)

Piotrow, Phyllis, World Population Crisis: The U.S. Response (1973)

President’s Council on Sustainable Development, Sustainable America (1999).


Otis L. Graham, Jr

Professor Emeritus of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author or editor of more than fifteen books, including “Debating American Immigration, 1882-Present” (with Roger Daniels) and “Environment Politics and Policy, 1960s to 1990s”. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA.

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