Effluent America: Cities, Industry, Energy, and the Environment / Edition 1

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Garbage, wastewater, hazardous waste: these are the lenses through which Melosi views nineteenth- and twentieth-century America. In broad overviews and specific case studies, Melosi treats the relationship between industrial expansion and urban growth from an ecological perspective.

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“As a collection of essays that span more than two decades, the work helps identify the range of environmental issues in areas of urban and industrial life. . . . In bringing this well-documented, insightful material together with new introductory essays, Melosi has performed a true service to the study of the urban environment.”
—Robert Gottlieb, Occidental College

"Environmental Historians and urban historians alike will find Effluent America a useful book to have on the shelf. The collection as a whole will challenge environmental historians in particular to think reatively about how to incorporate urban material culture, technical and administrative systems, and the progressive reform movement more effectively into their research and curriculum."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822957669
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Series: Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin V. Melosi is Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of History and director of the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. He is the author or editor of fourteen books, including Garbage in the Cities: Refuse, Reform and the Environment, and Effluent America: Cities, Industry, Energy, and the Environment.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Pollution in Industrial America 17
2 Environmental Crisis in the City: The Relationship between Industrialization and Urban Pollution 23
3 Pollution and the Emergence of Industrial America 49
4 Down in the Dumps: Is There a Garbage Crisis in America? 68
5 Hazardous Waste and Environmental Liability: A Historical Perspective 92
Pt. 2 Urban Growth and Community Services 119
6 The Place of the City in Environmental History 125
7 Cities, Technical Systems, and the Environment 143
8 Sanitary Services and Decision Making in Houston 158
9 Community and the Growth of Houston 190
Pt. 3 Urban Environmental Reform 207
10 Environmental Reform in the Industrial Cities: The Civic Response to Pollution in the Progressive Era 211
11 Sanitary Engineers in American Cities: Changing Roles from the Age of Miasmas to the Age of Ecology 225
12 Environmental Justice, Political Agenda Setting, and the Myths of History 238
Notes 263
Index 315
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