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Environmental justice in postwar America : a documentary reader

Author: Christopher W Wells
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Weyerhaeuser environmental classics.
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In the decades after World War II, the American economy entered a period of prolonged growth that created unprecedented affluence-but these developments came at the cost of a host of new environmental problems. Unsurprisingly, a disproportionate number of them, such as pollution-emitting factories, waste-handling facilities, and big infrastructure projects, ended up in communities dominated by people of color.  Read more...
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Environmental justice in postwar America.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018019619
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher W Wells
ISBN: 9780295743684 0295743689 9780295743691 0295743697
OCLC Number: 1011155200
Description: xix, 305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Foreword: The Age of Environmental Inequality / Paul S. SutterAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPART 1 THE NATURE OF SEGREGATION"WHERE WE LIVE"Russell Lee, Shack of Negro Family Farmers Living near Jarreau, Louisiana, 1938John Vachon, Backed Up Sewer in Negro Slum District, Norfolk, Virginia, 1941Carl Mydans, Kitchen of Negro Dwelling in Slum Area near House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 1935Dorothea Lange, Migratory Mexican Field Worker's Home on the Edge of a Frozen Pea Field, Imperial Valley, California, 1937Home Owners Loan Corporation, Los Angeles Data Sheet D52, 1939John Vachon, Negro Children Standing in Front of Half Mile Concrete Wall, Detroit, Michigan, 1941Examples of Racially Restrictive Real Estate CovenantsArthur S. Siegel, Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth Homes, a New U.S. Federal Housing Project, Caused by White Neighbors' Attempt to Prevent Negro Tenants from Moving In, 1942Craig Thompson, "Growing Pains of a Brand-New City," 1954Norris Vitchek, "Confessions of a Block-Buster," 1962Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., 1963Fair Housing Protest, Seattle, Washington, 1964Fair Housing Act of 1968U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, "Understanding Fair Housing," 1973"WHERE WE WORK"Ruby T. Lomax, [Cotton Picking Scenes on Roger Williams Plantation in the Delta, New Drew, Mississippi], 1940John Vachon, Steel Mill Workers, Bethlehem Company, Sparrows Point, Maryland, 1940Help Wanted White OnlyLloyd H. Bailer, "The Negro Automobile Worker," 1943Navajo Miners Work at the Kerr-McGee Uranium Mine at Cove, Ariz., 1953Mildred Pitts Walter, "Biographical Sketch," September 28, 2017Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII: Equal Employment OpportunityLyndon B. Johnson, Commencement Address at Howard University: "To Fulfill These Rights," 1965"Exhibit 1 in City of Memphis vs. Martin Luther King, Jr.," 1968"WHERE WE PLAY"Victor H. Green, ed., Introduction, The Negro Motorist Green Book: 1950Lewis Mountain Entrance Sign, Shenandoah National ParkColored Only SignMayor and City Council of Baltimore City v. Dawson, 1955Civil Rights Demonstration at Fort Lauderdale's Segregated Public Beach, 1961Jackson NAACP Branches to City and State Officials, May 12, 1963PART 2 A MORE INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENTALISM? FROM EARTH DAY TO ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICEA NEW CIVIL RIGHTS CRITIQUEIndians of All Tribes, "The Alcatraz Proclamation," 1969Timothy Benally, "`So a Lot of the Navajo Ladies Became Widows'"El Malcriado, "Growers Spurn Negotiations on Poisons," 1969Wilbur L. Thomas Jr., "Black Survival in Our Polluted Cities," 1970RACE, ENVIRONMENTALISM, AND ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCEEdmund S. Muskie, Speech at the Philadelphia Earth Week Rally, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, April 22, 1970EPA Task Force on the Environmental Problems of the Inner City, Our Urban Environment and Our Most Endangered People, 1971John H. White, Chicago Ghetto on the South Side, 1974Don Coombs, "The [Sierra] Club Looks at Itself," 1972TOXICS, WARREN COUNTY, AND THE DOCUMENTATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL DISPARITIESPenelope Ploughman, Protest Signs in Front Yard Love Canal 99th Street Home, 1978Protest Sign: Danger, Dioxin Kills, 1980Robert T. Stafford, "Why Superfund Was Needed," 1981Jenny Labalme, Anti-PCB Protests in Warren County, North Carolina, 1982"A Warren County PCB Protest Song," 1982General Accounting Office, "Siting of Hazardous Waste Landfills and Their Correlation with Racial and Economic Status of Surrounding Communities," 1983Cerrell Associates, Political Difficulties Facing Waste-to-Energy Conversion Plant Siting, 1984United Church of Christ, "Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States," 1987United Church of Christ, "Fifty Metropolitan Areas with Greatest Number of Blacks Living in Communities with Uncontrolled Waste Sites," 1987Marianne Lavelle and Marcia Coyle, "Unequal Protection," 1992BUILDING THE MOVEMENTSam Kittner, The Great Louisiana Toxics March, 1988Peggy Shepard and Chuck Sutton Protest New York City's North River Sewage Treatment Plant, 1988SouthWest Organizing Project, "Letter to Big Ten Environmental Groups," March 16, 1990Mark Gutierrez, From One Earth Day to the Next, 1990Indigenous Environmental Network, "Unifying Principles," 1991First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit Press Conference, October 24, 1991Dana Alston, "Moving beyond the Barriers," 1991"The Principles of Environmental Justice," 1991William K. Reilly, "Environmental Equity," 1992Melissa Healy, "Administration Joins Fight for `Environmental Justice' Pollution," 1993William J. Clinton, Executive Order 12898, February 16, 1994Dorceta E. Taylor, "Women of Color, Environmental Justice, and Ecofeminism," 1997Luz Claudio, "Standing on Principle""Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing," 1996Public Citizen, "NAFTA's Broken Promises," 1997PART 3 THE ENVIRONMENT AND JUSTICE IN THE SUSTAINABILITY ERAINSTITUTIONAL LEGACIESRichard Moore, "Government by the People"Christine Todd Whitman, "Memorandum," August 9, 2001Second People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, "Principles of Working Together," 2002Robert D. Bullard et al., "Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty," 2007Marty Durlin, "The Shot Heard Round the West," 2010Environmental Protection Agency, "Plan EJ 2014," 2011Kristen Lombardi, Talia Buford, and Ronnie Greene, "Environmental Justice, Denied," 2015CONTINUING EJ ACTIVISMTracy Perkins, Buttonwillow Park, CA, January 30, 2009Tracy Perkins, Wasco, CA, January 30, 2009Online Meme on #NoDAPLAmy Goodman, "Unlicensed #DAPL Guards Attacked Water Protectors with Dogs & Pepper Spray," 2016Brian Bienkowski, "2017 and Beyond: Justice Jumping Genres," Environmental Health NewsFROM ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE TO JUSTICE AND THE ENVIRONMENT"Bali Principles of Climate Justice," August 29, 2002Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, "Rising Sea Levels," 2016Brentin Mock, "For African Americans, Park Access Is about More Than Just Proximity," 2016Norma Smith Olson, "Food Justice," 2013Van Jones, "Power Shift Keynote," 2009World Rainforest Movement, "`For a Change of Paradigm': Interview with Tom Goldtooth from the Indigenous Environmental Network," 2016Index
Series Title: Weyerhaeuser environmental classics.
Responsibility: edited by Christopher W. Wells.

Abstract:

In the decades after World War II, the American economy entered a period of prolonged growth that created unprecedented affluence-but these developments came at the cost of a host of new environmental problems. Unsurprisingly, a disproportionate number of them, such as pollution-emitting factories, waste-handling facilities, and big infrastructure projects, ended up in communities dominated by people of color. Constrained by long-standing practices of segregation that limited their housing and employment options, people of color bore an unequal share of postwar America's environmental burdens.This reader collects a wide range of primary source documents on the rise and evolution of the environmental justice movement. The documents show how environmentalists in the 1970s recognized the unequal environmental burdens that people of color and low-income Americans had to bear, yet failed to take meaningful action to resolve them. Instead, activism by the affected communities themselves spurred the environmental justice movement of the 1980s and early 1990s. By the turn of the twenty-first century, environmental justice had become increasingly mainstream, and issues like climate justice, food justice, and green-collar jobs had taken their places alongside the protection of wilderness as "environmental" issues.Environmental Justice in Postwar America is a powerful tool for introducing students to the US environmental justice movement and the sometimes tense relationship between environmentalism and social justice.

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