To Love the Wind and the Rain: African Americans and Environmental History

To Love the Wind and the Rain: African Americans and Environmental History


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“To Love the Wind and the Rain” is a groundbreaking and vivid analysis of the relationship between African Americans and the environment in U.S. history. It focuses on three major themes: African Americans in the rural environment, African Americans in the urban and suburban environments, and African Americans and the notion of environmental justice.  Meticulously researched, the essays cover subjects including slavery, hunting, gardening, religion, the turpentine industry, outdoor recreation, women, and politics. “To Love the Wind and the Rain” will serve as an excellent foundation for future studies in African American environmental history.

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ISBN-13: 9780822958994
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 12/30/2005
Edition description: 1
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dianne D. Glave is Aron Senior Environmental Research Fellow at the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier Universities.

Mark Stoll is an associate professor of history at Texas Tech University and the author of Protestantism, Capitalism, and Nature in America.

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Susan Power Bratton

Filling a major lacuna in the historic literature, Dianne Glave and Mark Stoll capture the depth and breadth of African American encounters with nature. Covering topics from agricultural slavery to liberation theology to race riots originating in exclusion from recreational space, this accessible volume is the perfect reader for a course on environment and culture. (Baylor University)

Robert Gottlieb

'To Love the Wind and the Rain' is an invaluable book for its insights into environmental and social history, the African American experience, and how the question of the environment can be understood by examining the lives of women and people of color. It stretches the boundaries of environmental history and places at the center of that field those who have for too long been ignored by environmental and social historians. (Occidental College)

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It¿s a popular assumption that black people aren¿t ¿environmentalists,¿ but what is meant by this? That black people lack proportional representation in mainstream environmental organizations like the Sierra Club? That black people are more concerned about civil rights than they are about endangered species? That they don¿t go camping? And if so...why? American environmental history as a field took shape in the late 1960¿s, but as this book illustrates, viewing that history through the lens of race or gender is relatively new. This diverse collection of articles by historians, social scientists and environmentalists broadens both our understanding of the word ¿environment¿ and the relationship of African Americans to it. For example, historical articles explore how slaves interacted with nature (including hunting, fishing, gardening and working ¿in the pines¿ of the turpentine industry), blacks and outdoor recreation, and the ¿suburban passage.¿ Others address contemporary issues of Environmental Justice, a movement which concerns itself less with wilderness preservation and more with people-centered environmental issues such as the exposure of low-income people to hazardous waste, and the societal forces which make them more likely to be in harm¿s way. Two articles look specifically at black women¿s activism during the Progressive Era. With one or two jargon-heavy exceptions, I think most of the articles will be accessible to lay readers as well as academics. I especially liked Martin V. Melosi¿s ¿Environmental Justice, Ecoracism and Environmental History¿ and Carl Anthony¿s ¿Reflections on the Purposes and Meanings of African American Environmental History,¿ the latter of which could serve equally well as an introduction. This groundbreaking book raises as many questions as it answers, and will surely stimulate further scholarship in this important field of study. I¿d recommend it for readers interested in American History, African American Studies or Environmental Studies.