Graduation Year

2018

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

History

Reader 1

Rita Roberts

Reader 2

Julie Liss

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2018 Laura M Woods

Abstract

In 1969 a German company, Badishe Anilin und Sodafabrik (BASF), sited a petrochemical facility in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Protests broke out, largely led by Charles E. Fraser, a man well-known for developing Beaufort County's Hilton Head Island into a famous Southern resort community. However, Beaufort's black residents largely supported the construction of the facility, an act that has been traditionally reduced to their attempts to secure jobs. Given that the majority of Beaufort's black residents lived in such poor conditions that they suffered myriad diseases, this paper argues that black Americans were instead engaged in ecological struggles within the confines of their homes.

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