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Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest

Andrew Needham


In 1940, Phoenix was a small, agricultural city of 65,000, and the Navajo Reservation was an open landscape of scattered sheepherders. Forty years later, Phoenix had blossomed into a metropolis of 1.5 million people and the territory of the Navajo Nation was home to two of the largest strip mines in the world. Five coal-burning power plants surrounded the reservation, generating electricity for export to Phoenix, Los Angeles, and other cities. Exploring the postwar developments of these two very different landscapes, this book tells the story of the far-reaching environmental and social inequa ... More

Keywords: Phoenix, Navajo Reservation, Navajo Nation, social inequality, metropolitan growth, climate change, coal, air pollution, electricity power lines, postwar inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691139067
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691139067.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Needham, author
New York University