Environmental Activism and the Urban Crisis

Environmental Activism and the Urban Crisis : Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago

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Environmental Activism and the Urban Crisis focuses on the wave of environmental activism and grassroots movements that swept through America's older, industrial cities during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Robert Gioielli offers incisive case studies of Baltimore, St. Louis, and Chicago to show how urban activism developed as an impassioned response to a host of racial, social, and political conflicts. As deindustrialization, urban renewal, and suburbanization caused the decline of the urban environment, residents--primarily African Americans and working-class whites--organized to protect their families and communities from health threats and environmental destruction. Gioielli examines various groups' activism in response to specific environmental problems caused by the urban crisis in each city. In doing so, he forms concrete connections between environmentalism, the African American freedom struggle, and various urban social movements such as highway protests in Baltimore and air pollution activism in Chicago. Eventually, the efforts of these activists paved the way for the emergence of a new movement-environmental justice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Philadelphia PA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1439904669
  • 9781439904664

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: The Uncounted Environmentalists 1 The Breakdown of the City 2 "Black Survival in Our Polluted Cities": St. Louis and the Fight against Lead Poisoning 3 "We Must Destroy You to Save You": Baltimore's Freeway Revolt 4 The Knee-in-the-Groin Approach: The Citizen's Action Program and Environmental Protest in Chicago 5 "City Dwellers Are in the Greatest Danger": Urban Environmentalism in the 1970s Conclusion: Missed Opportunities Appendix: Archival Abbreviations Notes Index
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About Robert Gioielli

Robert R. Gioielli is Assistant Professor of History at University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College.
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