To Love the Wind and the Rain

African Americans and Environmental History

Filling a major lacuna in the historic literature, Dianne Glave and Mark Stoll capture the depth and breadth of African American encounters with nature. Covering topics from agricultural slavery, to liberation theology, to race riots originating in exclusion from recreational space, this accessible volume is the perfect reader for a course on environment and culture.
Susan Bratton, Baylor University

“To Love the Wind and the Rain” is a groundbreaking and vivid analysis of the relationship between African Americans and the environment in U.S. history. It focuses on three major themes: African Americans in the rural environment, African Americans in the urban and suburban environments, and African Americans and the notion of environmental justice. Meticulously researched, the essays cover subjects including slavery, hunting, gardening, religion, the turpentine industry, outdoor recreation, women, and politics. “To Love the Wind and the Rain” will serve as an excellent foundation for future studies in African American environmental history.

about the editors

Dianne D. Glave

Dianne D. Glave teaches history at Morehouse College.

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Dianne D. Glave
Mark Stoll

Mark Stoll is an associate professor of history at Texas Tech University and the author of Protestantism, Capitalism, and Nature in America.

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Mark Stoll