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City in a GardenEnvironmental Transformations and Racial Justice in Twentieth-Century Austin, Texas$
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Andrew M. Busch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632643

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632643.001.0001

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A Distinct Color Line Mutually Conceded

A Distinct Color Line Mutually Conceded

Race, Natural Hazards, and the Geography of Austin before World War I

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(p.41) 2 A Distinct Color Line Mutually Conceded
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City in a Garden
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Andrew M. Busch

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632643.003.0003

This chapter looks at racial geography in Austin prior to World War One. It argues that natural and manmade hazards defined the city’s geography. Minorities lived in areas that were more dangerous, dirtier, and more crowded than whites. They were forced to live among refuse and progressive reformers accepted that their lifestyles were to blame for their condition. As such, minorities were also much less healthy than whites.

Keywords:   environmental hazards, garbage collection, health discrimination

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