Lord, We're Just Trying to Save Your Water:: Environmental Activism and Dissent in the Appalachian South / Edition 1

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"Highly illuminating and engaging in its weaving of personal narratives through the history of natural resource policy and the emergence of networks of environmental activists. One of the most detailed extended descriptions of grassroots environmental political mobilization I have seen. . . . Essential reading for environmental activists and scholars alike."--Kenneth Gould, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York

"A useful, timely, and much needed contribution to environmental history, environmental sociology, and social movements studies, with informative and solidly researched case studies of environmental activism."--Robert Futrell, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Environmental protest--its causes and consequences--and the challenges of organizing to confront government and big business are the focus of this book, which brings to life the grassroots activism of southern Appalachia's rural citizens in the face of environmental threats to their communities.

One of the first books to examine environmental activism case studies in the South, this insider's view is both academically rigorous and highly personal--its scholar-activist author is a member of Friends of Terrapin Creek, one of the groups featured in the book. Drawing upon qualitative data from oral histories and the papers of grassroots organizations, Suzanne Marshall gives voice to ordinary southerners who created activist networks in rural Georgia, North Carolina, and Alabama—a region of southern Appalachia often ignored by scholars.

These tales of rural empowerment offer a unique blend of ethnographic narrative and environmental policy history that never loses sight of the real people at the center of contested natural environments in the Appalachian South, an area that historically has suppressed organized environmental activism despite a host of ecological problems. Marshall provides insight into the links between national policy and regional political economy and their implications for local communities; she shows how, periodically, obstacles have been overcome. She illustrates how coalitions formed and examines the variety of political tactics and strategies used by local activists in their struggles against bureaucracy and private industry.

Suzanne Marshall is associate professor of history at Jacksonville State University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813025674
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: Southern Dissent
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Basin, Ridge, and Valley
1 Rome Environmental Preservation Association 11
2 Don't Dump on Us 47
3 Coosa River Basin Initiative 81
Pt. 2 Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
4 Early Activism in the Southern Appalachians 111
5 Georgia Forest Watch 143
6 Armuchee Alliance 176
Pt. 3 Terrapin Creek Watershed
7 Strip Mining Threatens Terrapin Creek 229
8 Organizing Friends of Terrapin Creek 245
9 The Mining Permit Hearing and Decision 264
Conclusion 287
Notes 297
Selected Bibliography 321
Index 331
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