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Article Review: “Andrew Hurley, Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race, and IndustrialPollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945 – 1980”In his book, Andrew Hurley examines the historical timeline of environmental inequality in current urban America. His research majorly focuses on the steel mill community situated in Indiana. Like many other regions in the US, the area was sacrificed for industrial purposes many years after the Second World War. Even if the period after the War was marred with a number of environmental crusades and an uncontrollable pursuit for equality and social justice, the efforts were repelled by the need to industrialize. Therefore, to get what they wanted, manufacturers andwealthy white neighborhoods capitalized on the division of race and class. As such, the poor found themselves trapped in deteriorating neighborhoods and susceptible to pollutants released by the industries. While narrating the story, Hurley shows that liberal capitalism problems in bringing together issues on social justice and quality of life with necessities of economic progress.1Therefore, one can say that the book made significant contributions to the upcoming field of urban environmental history. So, the book is properly written and extensively researched,thought-provoking, and informative.

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