Book ID: CBB832812863

Environmental Activism and the Urban Crisis: Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago (2014)


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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Authors & Contributors
Carroll, Tamar W.
Fisher, Colin
Foster, John Bellamy
Gioielli, Robert
Marchesi, Greta
Martini, Edwin A.
Environmental History
Journal of American History
Journal of Historical Geography
University of North Carolina Press
Cornell University Press
Harvard University
New York University
Carocci Editore
MIT Press
Political activists and activism
Social justice
Environmental pollution
Urban history
Foster, John Bellamy
Marx, Karl
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century, early
United States
Chicago (Illinois, U.S.)
New York City (New York, U.S.)
Baltimore (Maryland, U.S.)
Great Britain
New York (U.S.)
New School for Social Research

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