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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
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health activism, anti-toxics, environmental activism, grassroots, public health
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The Defoliation of America: Agent Orange Chemicals, Citizens, and Protests (Univ Alabama Press, 2021)

In The Defoliation of America: Agent Orange Chemicals, Citizens, and Protests, Amy M. Hay profiles the attitudes, understandings, and motivations of grassroots activists who rose to fight the use of phenoxy herbicides, or Agent Orange chemicals as they are commonly known, in various aspects of American life during the post-WWII era. Hay focuses her analysis on citizen responses to illuminate how regulatory policies were understood, challenged, and negotiated, contributing to a growing body of research on chemical regulatory policies, risk society, and hazardous chemicals. This volume uncovers new understandings about the authority of the state and its obligation to society, the role of scientific authority and expertise, and the protests made by various groups of citizens.

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United States
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20th century
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Environment, Gender, Medicine, Women