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The Gilded Age and Progressive Era

The Politics of Trash

Ep. 40

Professors Patricia Strach and Kathleen Sullivan are better known in political science circles as "The Garbage Girls." They have been researching the history and politics of trash collection for nearly a decade, which culminates in a most important book called The Politics of Trash. They join me to talk about why your waste matters.

Essential Reading:

Patricia Strach and Kathleen S. Sullivan, The Politics of Trash: How Governments Used Corruption to Clean Cities, 1890–1929 (2022)

Recommended Reading:

Joel A. Tarr, Search for the Ultimate Sink: Urban Pollution in Historical Perspective (1996).

Martin V. Melosi, Garbage in the Cities: Refuse, Reform, and the Environment (2004).

Stanley K. Schultz and Clay McShane, “To Engineer the Metropolis: Sewers, Sanitation, and City Planning in Late-Nineteenth America,” The Journal of American History 65, no. 2 (September 1978): 389-411

Carl A. Zimring, Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States (2016).

Kimberley S. Johnson, Reforming Jim Crow: Southern Politics and State in the Age before Brown (2010).

Carol Nackenoff and Julie Novkov, eds., Statebuilding from the Margins: Between Reconstruction and the New Deal (2014).

Jessica Trounstine, Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities (2018).

Lily Baum Pollans, Resisting Garbage: The Politics of Waste Management in American Cities (2021).

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