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Not in My Backyard

How Citizen Activists Nationalized Local Politics in the Fight to Save Green Springs

«“Balogh’s gripping tale of one woman’s fight against the odds to preserve her historic community isn’t just an invaluable contribution to the history of land use—it’s also a terrific read.”—Yoni Appelbaum, deputy editor, The Atlantic

“This close and engaging look at a group of citizen activists reveals how NIMBYism has the potential to serve the public good and force federal action on the environment and offers powerful lessons for scholars and grassroots activists alike.”—Lily Geismer, author of Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality

“A masterpiece of historical storytelling written in the rich vein of Faulkner. Balogh shows that everything we need to know about postwar United States history can be observed in one place (Louisa County, VA), and in the fantastic life and relentless organizing of the irreplaceable and magnetic Rae Ely. A must read for anyone who wants to know more about feminism, environmentalism, the tensions between local and federal power, carceral policies, and the nitty-gritty of getting things done.”—Bryant Simon, author of The Hamlet Fire

“Political history as page turner! Follow a feisty heroine as she battles to save her neighborhood, and learn how the legal tools of the civil rights and environmental movements allowed local citizens to forge controversial new relationships with the federal government.”—Sarah T. Phillips, Boston University

Not in My Backyard is that rare portrait of citizen activism in all of its virtues and complexities. There are villains and heroes here, but they are not always the usual suspects. This is a fascinating work of local history, but one that links up effectively—and sometimes counterintuitively—with a national story. As Balogh demonstrates, politics looks different from the ground up.”—Beverly Gage, Yale University

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Forlag
Yale University Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
384
ISBN
9780300253788
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
24 x 16 cm

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«“Balogh’s gripping tale of one woman’s fight against the odds to preserve her historic community isn’t just an invaluable contribution to the history of land use—it’s also a terrific read.”—Yoni Appelbaum, deputy editor, The Atlantic

“This close and engaging look at a group of citizen activists reveals how NIMBYism has the potential to serve the public good and force federal action on the environment and offers powerful lessons for scholars and grassroots activists alike.”—Lily Geismer, author of Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality

“A masterpiece of historical storytelling written in the rich vein of Faulkner. Balogh shows that everything we need to know about postwar United States history can be observed in one place (Louisa County, VA), and in the fantastic life and relentless organizing of the irreplaceable and magnetic Rae Ely. A must read for anyone who wants to know more about feminism, environmentalism, the tensions between local and federal power, carceral policies, and the nitty-gritty of getting things done.”—Bryant Simon, author of The Hamlet Fire

“Political history as page turner! Follow a feisty heroine as she battles to save her neighborhood, and learn how the legal tools of the civil rights and environmental movements allowed local citizens to forge controversial new relationships with the federal government.”—Sarah T. Phillips, Boston University

Not in My Backyard is that rare portrait of citizen activism in all of its virtues and complexities. There are villains and heroes here, but they are not always the usual suspects. This is a fascinating work of local history, but one that links up effectively—and sometimes counterintuitively—with a national story. As Balogh demonstrates, politics looks different from the ground up.”—Beverly Gage, Yale University

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