Environmental Racism in the United States and Canada
Seeking Justice and Sustainability
by Bruce E. Johansen
April 2020, 370pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6402-5
$60, £45, 52€, A82
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The air African Americans breathe is nearly 40% more polluted on average than the air their white counterparts do, because they are more likely to live in neighborhoods with polluting facilities.

From Flint, Michigan, to Standing Rock, North Dakota, minorities have found themselves losing the battle for clean resources and a healthy environment. This book provides a modern history of such environmental injustices in the United States and Canada.

From the 19th-century extermination of the buffalo in the American West to Alaska’s Project Chariot (a Cold War initiative that planned to use atomic bombs to blast out a harbor on Eskimo land) to the struggle for recovery and justice in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017, this book provides readers with an enhanced understanding of how poor and minority people are affected by natural and manmade environmental crises.

Written for students as well as the general reader with an interest in social justice and environmental issues, this book traces the relationship between environmental discrimination, race, and class through a comprehensive case history of environmental injustices. Environmental Racism in the United States and Canada: Seeking Justice and Sustainability includes 50 such case studies that range from local to national to international crises.


  • Provides comprehensive coverage and analysis of the far-reaching specter of environmental racism in the U.S. and Canada, using numerous case studies that extend across the U.S. and Canada from the 19th century into the present day
  • Examines the confluence of climate change, natural resource conflicts, political and corporate corruption, and racism
  • Reflects a regional arrangement to better highlight patterns and types of injustices as well as victims
  • Is written by a prolific author and expert on environmental and Native American issues
Bruce E. Johansen was professor of communication and Native American studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha from 1982 to 2019, retiring with emeritus status as Frederick W. Kayser research professor. He has published 50 books in several fields, among them history, anthropology, law, and earth sciences. His writing has been published, debated, and reviewed in academic venues including William and Mary Quarterly, American Historical Review, Current History, and Nature, as well as in many popular newspapers and magazines, such as The New York Times, The Nation, and National Geographic.
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