- Title Pages
- Introduction “Just Don't Touch the Water”
- Chapter 1 A “Peculiar Kind” of Bath the Origin of Municipal Pools in America
- Chapter 2 “A Means of Physical Culture” the Redefinition of Municipal Pools during the 1890s
- Chapter 3 “A Good Investment in Health, Character, and Citizenship”: Municipal Swimming Pools in the Progressive Era
- Interlude The Traumatic Early History of Fairgrounds Park Pool
- Chapter 4 The “Swimming Pool Age” 1920 to 1940
- Chapter 5 “One for the White Race and the Other for the Colored Race” the Onset of Racial Discrimination, 1920 to 1940
- Chapter 6 “More Sensitive Than Schools” the Struggle to Desegregate Municipal Swimming Pools
- Chapter 7 “Alone in the Backyard”: Swimming Pools in Recent America
- Conclusion: The Promise and Reality of Swimming Pools as Public Spaces
- Contested Waters
- University of North Carolina Press
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