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Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race, and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 By Andrew Hurley
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press 1995 | 266 Pages | ISBN: 0807845183 , 0807821748 | PDF | 12 MB

By examining environmental change through the lens of conflicting social agendas, Andrew Hurley uncovers the historical roots of environmental inequality in contemporary urban America. Hurley's study focuses on the steel mill community of Gary, Indiana, a city that was sacrificed, like a thousand other American places, to industrial priorities in the decades following World War II. Although this period witnessed the emergence of a powerful environmental crusade and a resilient quest for equality and social justice among blue-collar workers and African Americans, such efforts often conflicted with the needs of industry. To secure their own interests, manufacturers and affluent white suburbanites exploited divisions of race and class, and the poor frequently found themselves trapped in deteriorating neighborhoods and exposed to dangerous levels of industrial pollution.

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Tags: Indiana, Pollution, Industrial, Inequalities

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