Virtual Author Talk: Free the Beaches by Andrew W. Kahrl

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January 25, 2021
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Local History, Sociology

During the long, hot summers of the late 1960s and 1970s, one man began a campaign to open some of America's most exclusive beaches to minorities and the urban poor. That man was anti-poverty activist and one‑time presidential candidate Ned Coll of Connecticut, a state that permitted public access to a mere seven miles of its 253‑mile shoreline. Nearly all of the state's coast was held privately, for the most part by white, wealthy residents. This book is the first to tell the story of the controversial protester who gathered a band of determined African American mothers and children and challenged the exclusionary tactics of homeowners. Coll's legacy of remarkable successes--and failures--illuminates how our nation's fragile coasts have not only become more exclusive in subsequent decades but also have suffered greater environmental destruction and erosion as a result of that private ownership.

Join us for a talk with author Andrew Kahrl on Zoom -- please note that registration is required, as for online security reasons only registered attendees will be able to attend this event. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link via email before the event.

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Jonathan Wiener

Case Memorial Library

Orange, CT 06477