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Where the River Burned
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Introduction: The Crisis in the Urban Environment 1. What Will Become of Cleveland? 2. Hough and the Urban Crisis 3. Downtown and the Limits of Urban Renewal 4. Policy and the Polluted City 5. The Burning River 6. From Earth Day to EcoCity Epilogue: What Became of Cleveland Notes Bibliographic Essay Index

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David Stradling is Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of The Nature of New York: An Environmental History of the Empire State and coauthor of Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland, both from Cornell. He is also the author of Making Mountains: New York City and the Catskills, and Smokestacks and Progressives: Environmentalists, Engineers, and Air Quality in America, 1881-1951. Richard Stradling is an editor at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

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"This impressive book's successes lie in the new connections the authors forge between environmental history and urban history, uniting the postwar urban crisis and the rise of environmentalism... Where the River Burned contains important lessons in an era when environmental amenities aimed at upper middle-classes are seen as key for revitalizing cities such as Cleveland... This relevance suggests the book deserves wide readership among environmental and urban historians, as well as among urban officials following in Stokes's wake." - Andrew Needham, Journal of American History (June 2016) "Focusing on Cleveland's shift from industrial to postindustrial service city and mayor Carl Stokes's administration (1967--1971), David (history, Univ. of Cincinnati) and Richard (retired reporter) Stradling critique postwar liberalism's limited ability to solve the resulting environmental and social problems. Well written and interestingly told, this is a good survey of Cleveland's experience for a general audience. Summing Up: Recommended." -J. Borcher,Choice(September 2015) "Where the River Burned exposes the precarious role of cities in the evolving environmental agenda of the late 1960s. David Stradling and Richard Stradling do a superb job of showing how urban decline and the environmental movement were intertwined. Carl Stokes provides an ideal lens through which to explore these themes because of his perceptive understanding of that relationship. The authors make clear that urban actors played an important role in advancing the nation's environmental movement by delivering Congressional testimony, staging protests, and highlighting a distinctive set of urban problems."-Andrew Hurley, University of Missouri-St. Louis, author of Beyond Preservation: Using Public History to Revitalize Inner Cities "In Where the River Burned, David Stradling and Richard Stradling offer fresh insight into the 'urban crisis' of the 1960s and beyond by telling the story of Cleveland during the administration of Carl Stokes, the first black mayor of a major U.S. city. Stradling and Stradling argue that the environmental and urban problems of the Stokes years were inseparable. Cleveland's environmental woes-from pollution to rats-contributed powerfully to the problems of depopulation, neighborhood decay, violence, and racial strife. At the same time, efforts to improve the urban environment were handicapped by the need to address a host of other pressing problems. Where the River Burned is a wonderfully written book that will change the way you think about urban and environmental history."-Adam Rome, Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair for the Environment and Professor of History and English at the University of Delaware, and author of The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation "Where the River Burned is a penetrating analysis of Cleveland's history of urban woes and how Carl Stokes, the city's first African American mayor, responded to howls of opposition from the city's polluting industries. An all-American story."-Antero Pietila, author of Not in My Neighborhood "What a fascinating story! Where the River Burned combines the best of many worlds: environmental and urban history; captivating writing and deep archival research; broad analysis of American society and an engrossing portrait of an unsung but incredibly significant political figure: Carl Stokes, the first African American elected mayor of a major U.S. city. Once you read this book, how you think about racism, poverty, economics, population changes, politics, and pollution in American cities will change forever."-Brian Purnell, author of Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings "David and Richard Stradling have produced an important work that notes the centrality of environmental problems to the urban crisis of the 1960s and 1970s. Where the River Burned will make us seriously consider the vital connection between ecology and urban space."-Clarence Taylor, author of Reds at the Blackboard

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