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Andrew W. Kahrl is associate professor of history and African American studies at the University of Virginia, where he specializes in the study of racism and the environment in twentieth-century America. He has written extensively on the social and environmental history of coastal America.  His first book, The Land Was Ours, received the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians.  His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Guardian. 

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Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline

The Land Was Ours: How Black Beaches Became White Wealth in the Coastal South


“Capitalizing on the Urban Fiscal Crisis: Predatory Tax Buyers in 1970s Chicago,” Journal of Urban History, 44 (Spring 2018), 382-401

“Unconscionable: Tax Delinquency Sales as a Form of Dignity Taking,” Chicago-Kent Law Review, 92 (2017), 905-35

“Investing in Distress: Tax Delinquency and Predatory Tax Buying in Urban America,” Critical Sociology, 43 (March 2017), 199-219

“The Power to Destroy: Property Tax Discrimination in Civil Rights-Era Mississippi,” Journal of Southern History, 82 (Aug. 2016), 579-616

“Fear of an Open Beach: Public Rights and Private Interests in 1970s Coastal Connecticut,” Journal of American History, 102 (Sept. 2015), 433-62

“The Sunbelt’s Sandy Foundation: Coastal Development and the Making of the Modern South,” Southern Cultures, 20 (Fall 2014), 24-42

“The ‘Negro Park’ Question: Land, Labor, and Leisure in Pitt County, North Carolina, 1920-1930,” Journal of Southern History, 79 (February 2013), 113-42

“Sunbelt by the Sea: Governing Race and Nature in a Twentieth-Century Coastal Metropolis,” Journal of Urban History, 38 (May 2012), 488-508

“The Political Work of Leisure: Class, Recreation, and African American Commemoration at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, 1881–1931,” Journal of Social History, 42 (Oct. 2008), 57-77

“‘The Slightest Semblance of Unruliness’: Steamboat Excursions, Pleasure Resorts, and the Emergence of Segregation Culture on the Potomac River, 1890–1920,” Journal of American History, 94 (Mar. 2008), 1108-36