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Author Spears, Ellen Griffith, author.

Title Baptized in PCBs : race, pollution, and justice in an all-American town / Ellen Griffith Spears
Published Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2014]


Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 440 pages)
Series New directions in Southern studies
New directions in southern studies.
Contents Abbreviations -- Introduction: Toxic Knowledge -- The Model City : A Romance of the New South -- The War for Chemical Supremacy -- Monsanto's Move "Down South" -- A Technological High Command -- War in a Time of Peace -- The Nature of the Poison -- The Death of Aroclors -- Challenging the Green Dragon -- Contaminated Bodies, Contaminated Soil -- Witnessing the Explosion in Toxic Torts -- Aftershocks -- Epilogue: Remodeling the Model City
Summary "In the mid-1990s, residents of Anniston, Alabama, began a legal fight against the agrochemical company Monsanto over the dumping of PCBs in the city's historically African American and white working-class west side. Simultaneously, Anniston environmentalists sought to safely eliminate chemical weaponry that had been secretly stockpiled near the city during the Cold War. In this probing work, Ellen Griffith Spears offers a compelling narrative of Anniston's battles for environmental justice, exposing how systemic racial and class inequalities reinforced during the Jim Crow era played out in these intense contemporary social movements. Spears focuses attention on key figures who shaped Anniston--from Monsanto's founders, to white and African American activists, to the ordinary Anniston residents whose lives and health were deeply affected by the town's military-industrial history and the legacy of racism. Situating the personal struggles and triumphs of Anniston residents within a larger national story of regulatory regimes and legal strategies that have affected toxic towns across America, Spears unflinchingly explores the causes and implications of environmental inequalities, showing how civil rights movement activism undergirded Anniston's campaigns for redemption and justice."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Online resource (HeinOnline, viewed June 29, 2021)
Subject Monsanto Company -- History
Monsanto Company
Monsanto Chemical Company
Umschulungswerkstätten für Siedler und Auswanderer Bitterfeld
Polychlorinated biphenyls -- Environmental aspects -- Alabama -- Anniston
Polychlorinated biphenyls -- Health aspects -- Alabama -- Anniston
Environmental justice -- Alabama -- Anniston
Environmental health -- Alabama -- Anniston
African Americans -- Health and hygiene -- Alabama -- Anniston
Working class -- Health and hygiene -- Alabama -- Anniston
Industrial hygiene -- Alabama -- Anniston
NATURE -- Environmental Conservation & Protection.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Infrastructure.
African Americans -- Health and hygiene
Environmental health
Environmental justice
Polychlorinated biphenyls -- Environmental aspects
Polychlorinated biphenyls -- Health aspects
Race relations
Social conditions
Working class -- Health and hygiene
Anniston (Ala.) -- Environmental conditions
Anniston (Ala.) -- Race relations
Anniston (Ala.) -- Social conditions
Alabama -- Anniston
Anniston, Ala.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013041122
ISBN 9781469615592