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1 DAVIS, PETER. Hometown.
Simon and Schuster, Inc., New York: 1982. 0671245562 / 9780671245566 First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
Maps the passions of one American town and the conflicts and harmonies that united and divide the townspeople. This is an intimate account of six years in the life of Hamilton, Ohio, whose first recorded event was a hanging. It was virtually destroyed by a flood in 1913, corrupted by Prohibition, devastated by the Depression, diminished by the flight of its industry. Nevertheless it survives and perseveres, and so do its unremarkable yet remarkable townspeople, their town much changed on the surface, yet reserving its past to an extraordinary degree. 
Price: 6.13 USD
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2 LINKON, SHERRY LEE; RUSSO, JOHN. Steeltown U.s.a.: Work And Memory In Youngstown.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Once the symbol of a robust steel industry and blue-collar economy, Youngstown, Ohio, and its famous Jeannette Blast Furnace have become key icons in the tragic tale of American deindustrialization. Sherry Lee Linkon and John Russo examine the inevitable tension between those discordant visions, which continue to exert great power over Steeltown's citizens as they struggle to redefine their lives. When "the Jenny" was shut down in 1978, 50,000 Youngstown workers lost their jobs, cutting the heart out of the local economy. Even as the community organized a nationally recognized effort to save the mills, the city was rocked by economic devastation, runaway crime, and mob scandal, problems that persist twenty-five years later. In the midst of these struggles the Jenny remained standing as a proud symbol of the community's glory days, still a dominant force in the construction of both individual and collective identities in Youngstown. Focusing on stories and images that both reflect and perpetuate how Youngstown understands itself as a community, Sherry Lee Linkon and John Russo have forged a historical and cultural study of the relationship between community, memory, work, and conflict. Drawing on written texts, visual images, sculptures, films, songs, and interviews with people who have lived and worked in Youngstown, the authors show the importance of memory in forming the collective identity of a place. Steeltown U.S.A. is a richly developed portrait, showing how images of the Jenny and of Youngstown have been used in national media and connecting these representations to the broader public conversation about work and place. Bruce Springsteen's song "Youngstown," the book Journey to Nowhere, and other pop culture artifacts have helped make Youngstown the symbolic epicenter of American deindustrialization. And while many people see the need to get over the past and on with the future, in rushing to erase the difficult parts of Youngstown's history they might also forget the powerful events that made the city so important, such as the struggles for economic and social justice that improved the lives of steelworkers. This multifaceted study helps us understand not only how the meaning of work has changed but also why the changing meaning of work matters. 
Price: 16.10 USD
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