Packing Them In: An Archaeology of Environmental Racism in Chicago, 1865-1954

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Lexington Books, Dec 23, 2004 - Social Science - 232 pages
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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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Sylvia Hood Washington teaches environmental ethics and environmental justice at Depaul University and African American history at the University of Maryland, University College. She sits on the University of Illinois-Chicago's Environmental Justice board and directs the national project on Environmental Justice and Environmental Health co-sponsored by the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. and the USCCB's Catholic Coalition for Children and a Safe Environment (CASE).

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