Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race, and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980


Features the pathbreaking work of Mark Catesby, the British naturalist and illustrator who founded natural history and bird art in America, preceding Audubon by nearly a century.
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Features the pathbreaking work of Mark Catesby, the British naturalist and illustrator who founded natural history and bird art in America, preceding Audubon by nearly a century.
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Editorial Reviews

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The book is founded on solid research and is a pleasure to read.

Choice "An important, provocative analysis."—###Labor History# "This book is clearly written, carefully researched, and as a result is a compelling condemnation of the power of industrial capital to shape the human and natural environment to its own end. Gary's poor and black residents, as Hurley makes clear, have been and are dying for a better environment."—-###Indiana Magazine of History# "Andrew Hurley has written an important case study of grass-roots environmental agitation and policy making in Gary, Indiana. His focus on environmental inequalities is particularly useful as scholars and activists pay more attention to urban environmental issues and the environment and social justice."—Clayton R. Koppes, Oberlin College "A thoughtful, important book. It furthers our understanding of race and class issues by exploring how they are played out in the struggle for a clean, healthy environment."—Theodore Steinberg, New Jersey Institute of Technology

A devastating critique of American corporate capitalism, made all the more impressive by its meticulous scholarship.

Journal of American History

A book which will quickly become the standard reference in the field.

Journal of Social History

A model for the historical assessment of how environmental inequalities become established over time in a specific locality.

Environmental History

Hurley's book is a sophisticated and persuasive piece of environmental history.

American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807845189
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/1995
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 1,204,683
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Hurley is associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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Table of Contents

1 Class, Race, and the Shaping of the Urban Landscape 1
2 The Perils of Pollution in the Steel City, 1945-1950 15
3 Opposition to Blind Progress: Middle-Class Environmentalism 46
4 Tired of Working in Pollution and Having It Follow Us Home: Working-Class Environmentalism 77
5 Rats, Roaches, and Smoke: African American Environmentalism 111
6 The Rise and Fall of an Environmental Coalition 136
7 The Social Geography of Pollution and the Politics of Sand 154
Epilogue: Gary and Beyond 175
Appendix 183
Notes 189
Bibliography 219
Index 237
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