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By Ellen Griffith Spears

within the mid-1990s, citizens of Anniston, Alabama, all started a felony struggle opposed to the agrochemical corporation Monsanto over the dumping of PCBs within the city's traditionally African American and white working-class west part. concurrently, Anniston environmentalists sought to securely dispose of chemical weaponry that have been secretly stockpiled close to the town in the course of the chilly battle. during this probing paintings, Ellen Griffith Spears bargains a compelling narrative of Anniston's battles for environmental justice, exposing how systemic racial and sophistication inequalities bolstered through the Jim Crow period performed out in those excessive modern social events.

Spears focuses cognizance on key figures who formed Anniston--from Monsanto's founders, to white and African American activists, to the normal Anniston citizens whose lives and healthiness have been deeply laid low with the town's military-industrial historical past and the legacy of racism. Situating the non-public struggles and triumphs of Anniston citizens inside of a bigger nationwide tale of regulatory regimes and felony innovations that experience affected poisonous cities throughout the US, Spears unflinchingly explores the explanations and implications of environmental inequalities, displaying how civil rights circulation activism undergirded Anniston's campaigns for redemption and justice.

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