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Black Faces, White SpacesReimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors$
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Carolyn Finney

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469614489

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469614489.001.0001

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Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever

(p.32) Chapter Two Jungle Fever
Black Faces, White Spaces

Carolyn Finney

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the history of how the environment has been constructed in the United States (academically, politically, and through organizations) and popular culture, highlighting how African Americans have been constructed in relation to nature. It examines how key moments in U.S. history that have come to define human/environment interaction bump up against collective experiences of black people navigating the social, cultural, and psychological minefields of slavery and segregation. In particular, how did the founding of parks, creation of conservation, and the broader environmental movement impact African Americans? What is the emotional and psychological “trickle down” effect of the way in which these moments/ideas impacted black people over the long term?

Keywords:   United States, African American, American history, black people, environmental movement

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