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From the Publisher"An excellent and well-crafted social history. . . . Valuable for its presentation of the physical geography of swimming pools, but even more importantly for inviting readers to see individual and personal behavior in public space as a form of social and cultural reproduction."
"I had always stared at those intriguing pictures of America’s gigantic municipal pools of bygone eras, always curious as to who spent their days wading and plunging in those vast waters. Now I read with fascination, in Contested Waters, how the swimming pools of America were the quintessential backdrop of race, gender, and class relations for more than a century of our history. This book makes me long to have experienced afternoons in those historic swimming holes."—Diana Nyad
"A significant plunge into American sexism and sexuality, racism, class division, immigration, urbanity, and determined good will and reform, Contested Waters proves an original and insightful opening on the cultural significances of modern water recreation."—John R. Stilgoe, Robert & Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape, Harvard University