Books by Mississippi Writers 1996-2010
Uproar at Dancing Rabbit Creek: The Battle over Race, Class and the Environment in the New South
Nonfiction by Colin Crawford Addison-Wesley Publishing Company ($24.00, ISBN: 020162723X, 9/1996) The creek of the title is in poor, mostly black Noxubee County, Mississippi, and the uproar was over the possible siting there of a chemical waste dump. Environmental lawyer Colin Crawford tells this cautionary, near-tragic tale from the perspective of the leaders of each faction: Martha Blackwell, the wealthy white woman who leads the opposition to the dump; Ike Brown, the political boss of the black community, who favors it; and Ed Netherland, the company man searching for a site for the dump and trying to sell it to the citizens of Noxubee. The clash of race, environmentalist fear, greed, and class makes for a fascinating story―and one without a happy ending.