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Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas
     

Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas

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by Diane Wilson
 

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ISBN-10: 1933392274

ISBN-13: 9781933392271

Pub. Date: 09/28/2006

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

When Diane Wilson, fourth-generation shrimp-boat captain and mother of five, learns that she lives in the most polluted county in the United States, she decides to fight back. She launches a campaign against a multibillion-dollar corporation that has been covering up spills, silencing workers, flouting the EPA, and dumping lethal ethylene dichloride and vinyl

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When Diane Wilson, fourth-generation shrimp-boat captain and mother of five, learns that she lives in the most polluted county in the United States, she decides to fight back. She launches a campaign against a multibillion-dollar corporation that has been covering up spills, silencing workers, flouting the EPA, and dumping lethal ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride into the bays along her beloved Texas Gulf Coast. In an epic tale of bravery, Wilson takes her fight to the courts, to the gates of the chemical plant, and to the halls of power in Austin. Along the way she meets with scorn, bribery, character assassination, and death threats. Finally Wilson realizes that she must break the law to win justice: She resorts to nonviolent disobedience, direct action, and hunger strikes. Wilson's vivid South Texas dialogue resides somewhere between Alice Walker and William Faulkner, and her dazzling prose brings to mind the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, replete with dreams and prophecies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933392271
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
391
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Prologue: Sabotage

1. Dirty Secrets Revealed

2. A Shrimping Career Rehashed

3. An Outlaw and a Letter

4. Adversaries Approach

5. Of Fishermen and Politicos

6. Knocked Clean out of the Ring

7. Negotiating with the Enemy

8. The Press Arrives to Liars and Fools

9. Texas Water Commission Files

10. Dirty Facts Revealed

11. A Dream Is a Dream Come True

12. Losses, Gains, and Petitions

13. Money, Money, Money

14. The Informant

15. Battle Lines Are Drawn

16. Union Carbide Blows; the Fed Arrives

17. We Strike at the Heart of Formosa

18. Beauty Queens, Banquets, and Spies

19. Raining on the Chairman's Parade

20. A Hydrochloric Cloud; a Worker Talks

21. Kickbacks Paid; Internal Memos Conveyed

22. A Bay under Siege; an Activist Born

23. Hunger Strike

24. I Strike at the Gates of Hell

25. Death Threats and Deals

26. Pain and Defeat

27. A Woman Enters the Sea

28. Island of Fire and Solidarity

29. A Radicalized Woman

30. The Vietnamese Connection

31. The Sinking of the SeaBee

32. Sanchez Comes Home

33. Victory, Redemption, and Loss

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