Andrew Kahrl '01, associate professor of history at the University of Virginia, will be at Paragraphs Bookstore on Friday, June 29, from 12 - 1:30 p.m. to give a talk about his new book, "Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America's Most Exclusive Shoreline."
During the long, hot summers of the late 1960s and 1970s, one man began a campaign to open some of America’s most exclusive beaches to minorities and the urban poor. That man was antipoverty activist and one-time presidential candidate Ned Coll of Connecticut, a state that permitted public access to a mere seven miles of its 253-mile shoreline. Nearly all of the state’s coast was held privately, for the most part by white, wealthy residents.
"Free the Beaches," published by Yale University Press, tells the story of this controversial protester who gathered a band of determined African American mothers and children and challenged the racist, exclusionary tactics of homeowners in a state synonymous with liberalism. Coll’s legacy of remarkable successes — and failures — illuminates how our nation’s fragile coasts have not only become more exclusive in subsequent decades but also have suffered greater environmental destruction and erosion as a result of that private ownership.
Friday, June 29 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Paragraphs Bookstore 229 S Main St, Mt Vernon, OH 43050