Student Name: Neil Maher
Project Site: General Electric plant, Hudson Falls, New York.
Source 1: Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Inequality (Routledge Press, 2000), by Robert Bullard
Starting with the premise that all Americans have a basic right to live in a healthy environment, Dumping in Dixie chronicles the efforts of five African American communities, empowered by the civil rights movement, to link environmentalism with issues of social justice. In the third edition, Bullard speaks to us from the front lines of the environmental justice movement about new developments in environmental racism, different organizing strategies, and success stories in the struggle for environmental equity.
Source 2: Embattled River: The Hudson and Modern American Environmentalism (Cornell University Press, 2018), by David Schyuler.
David Schuyler‘s book describes the efforts to reverse the pollution and bleak future of the Hudson River that became evident in the 1950s.Led by Scenic Hudson, later joined by groups such as Riverkeeper, Clearwater, the Hudson River Valley Greenway, and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the coalition won the first of many legal and publicity battles that would halt pollution of the river, slowly reverse the damage of years of discharge into the river, and protect hundreds of thousands of acres of undeveloped land in the river valley.
Source 3: Electric City: General Electric in Schenectady (Texas A&M Press, 2014), by Julie Kirk Blackwelder.
Electric City subtly probes the values and cultural practices undergirding American society during the nation’s age of manufacturing preeminence. Blackwelder’s deft treatment of the masculine engineering ethos permeating GE’s culture, and her rich examination of how that ethos shaped life in Schenectady, mark this as an important and pioneering work in the cultural history of American business.