We all recall the civil rights struggles regarding lunch counters, buses and other public accommodations, yet many have overlooked the fences and barricades that have blocked the public right to ocean access to many. Beachfront property owners, wealthy towns and private homeowners’ associations have put up a range of physical and legal barriers to restrict access and maintain the exclusivity of our beaches. While some states, and not necessarily blue ones, have opened the waterfront to all, many progressive states on the east coast retain vestiges of the past. In his book, ‘Free the Beaches’, Professor Andrew W. Kahrl tells the story of civil rights activist, Ned Coll, and his crusade to open up the beachfronts of Connecticut towns and hamlets to inner city children in the civil rights era. Listen and learn on this episode.
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