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Living Freedom Through the Maroon Landscape

Citizen-activists in New Orleans are taking inspiration from 18th-century maroons, self-liberated slaves who created communal societies in an environment that challenged them with swampy ground and extreme heat, yet at the same time nourished and protected them. Today their legacy offers a powerful model for coping with climate disruption.

A vital chapter in the protohistory of American landscape design, the swampland communities established by self-liberated slaves are a powerful model for coping with climate disruption.

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