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Book News Annotation:

Washington (history, Northwestern U. and environmental studies/environmental justice, DePaul U.) closely examines how attitudes toward race and class create environmental inequity in her study of the Back of the Yards, a Chicago locale in which people of color were generally fated to live. She traces the history and theories behind what constituted "whiteness" as it related to the environmental inequities found in Chicago, gives specific cases in which residents were forced to endure obvious hazards without redress, and shows how activists organized to deal with corrupt, prejudiced, and indifferent officials. She closes with an examination of recent struggles for environmental justice in Chicago. Washington's chapter notes serve as references.
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This important new book by Sylvia Washington adds a vital new dimension to our understanding of environmental history in the United States. Washington excavates and tells the stories of Chicago's poor, working class, and ethnic minority neighborhoods such as Back of the Yards and Bronzeville that suffered disproportionately negative environmental impacts and consequent pollution related health problems. She provides a new frame for interpreting the social, political, and administrative initiatives of the early 20th century that influenced public health and urban revitalization movements in some of Chicago's most disenfranchised communities. This pioneering work will be essential reading not only for historians, but for urban planners, sociologists, citizen action groups and anyone interested in understanding the precursors to the contemporary environmental justice movement.

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ISBN:
9780739110294
Author:
Washington, Sylvia Hood
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Minorities
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) Race relations.
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) Ethnic relations.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
215
Dimensions:
8.93x5.90x.55 in. .79 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This important new book by Sylvia Washington adds a vital new dimension to our understanding of environmental history in the United States. Washington excavates and tells the stories of Chicago's poor, working class, and ethnic minority neighborhoods such as Back of the Yards and Bronzeville that suffered disproportionately negative environmental impacts and consequent pollution related health problems. She provides a new frame for interpreting the social, political, and administrative initiatives of the early 20th century that influenced public health and urban revitalization movements in some of Chicago's most disenfranchised communities. This pioneering work will be essential reading not only for historians, but for urban planners, sociologists, citizen action groups and anyone interested in understanding the precursors to the contemporary environmental justice movement.
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