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This Lead Is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities

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Lead exposure can cause neurological problems and sometimes even death; yet this metal has been pervasive in many aspects of American life for over a century. Historically, mining, battery manufacturing, smelting, and enameling industries included lead in their production processes, impacting factory workers and consumers. Manufacturers added lead to household paints and gasoline, endangering the health of families and polluting the air through exhaust fumes. To protect themselves against the dangers of lead poisoning, scientists, families, and individuals opposed industries, housing authorities, and elected officials.

This Lead Is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities tells an important story of citizen action taken against an environmental danger.