Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present

Hardcover | April 21, 2016

byRichard S. Newman

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In the summer of 1978, residents of Love Canal, a suburban development in Niagara Falls, NY, began protesting against the leaking toxic waste dump - a sixteen-acre site containing 100,000 barrels of chemical waste that anchored their neighborhood. Initially seeking evacuation, area activistssoon found that they were engaged in a far larger battle over the meaning of America's industrial past and its environmental future. The Love Canal protest movement inaugurated the era of grassroots environmentalism, spawning new anti-toxics laws and new models of ecological protest.Historian Richard S. Newman examines the Love Canal crisis through the area's broader landscape, detailing the way this ever-contentious region has been used, altered, and understood from the colonial era to the present day. Newman journeys into colonial battles between Native Americans and Europeansettlers over land use, 19th century utopian city planning, the rise of the American chemical industry in the 20th century, the transformation of environmental activism in the 1970s, and the memory of environmental disasters in our own time.In an era of hydrofracking and renewed concern about nuclear waste disposal, Love Canal remains relevant. It is only by starting at the very beginning of the site's environmental history that we can understand the road to a hazardous waste crisis in the 1970s - and to the global environmentaljustice movement it sparked.

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In the summer of 1978, residents of Love Canal, a suburban development in Niagara Falls, NY, began protesting against the leaking toxic waste dump - a sixteen-acre site containing 100,000 barrels of chemical waste that anchored their neighborhood. Initially seeking evacuation, area activistssoon found that they were engaged in a far la...

Richard S. Newman is the Edwin Wolf 2nd Director at The Library Company of Philadelphia. A native of Buffalo, New York, he specializes in abolitionism, Civil War society, and environmentalism in American history and culture. He is the co-editor of The Palgrave Environmental Reader and the author of The Transformation of American Abolit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 21, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction Of Burial Mounds and Toxic TombsPart One: Love Canal in the Era of Great Dreams1. Developing Niagara, Developing Love Canal2. Building Love's Canal3. Master of the Chemical Machine4. Worlds Collide at Love CanalPart Two: Love Canal in the Era of Environmentalism5. The Problem at Love Canal6. Growing Protest at Love Canal7. Widening the Circle of InfluencePart Three: Learning from Love Canal8. Love Canal Lessons9. Resettling Love Canal?Epilogue Memory and Health at Love CanalNotesBibliographyIndex