Hydrology and Residential Segregation in the Postwar South: An Environmental History of Atlanta, 1865-1895

March 2010
Georgia Historical Quarterly;Spring2010, Vol. 94 Issue 1, p30
Academic Journal
The article presents an examination into the environmental history of Atlanta, Georgia during the 30 years following the U.S. Civil War and its intersection with the segregation movement. Details are given highlighting the postwar reconstruction of water management infrastructure in the city and its impact on the racial geography of the region. Examples are given where African American areas suffered from poor water supply and waste issues, where the urban political discourse then blamed that population for its unsanitary condition, and negative racial stereotypes were reinforced in resource management.


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