Title page for ETD etd-07302007-134204

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author DeLaune, Jonathan Zachary
Author's Email Address zackdelaune@gmail.com
URN etd-07302007-134204
Title Unwelcome Neighbors? Industrial Growth and Water Pollution in Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1940-1960
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Craig Colten Committee Chair
Kent Mathewson Committee Member
William Rowe Committee Member
  • stream
  • refinery
  • petroleum
  • oil
  • police jury
  • calcasieu
  • stream control commission
  • fish
  • wildlife
  • court
  • lawsuit
  • agriculture
  • river
  • industry
  • water
Date of Defense 2007-05-15
Availability unrestricted
This paper focuses on the industrialization of Lake Charles, Louisiana during World War Two and the resulting shifts in pollution-related policy and public perceptions of pollution. A major impetus for the industrialization of the South was federal investment during the war. This is especially true for Lake Charles, a city where industrial agglomeration began with war-time financing of manufacturing plants to combat the shortages of aviation fuel and rubber. By tracing the public response to offensive pollution and the resulting shift in public policy, this paper will reveal a fundamental conflict between development-minded government institutions and a population interested in protecting natural resources. The responses to pollution in this newly industrializing Southern city expose an underlying popular dissatisfaction with the pollution-tolerant policy.
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