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St. Clair: A Nineteenth-Century Coal Town's Experience with a Disaster-Prone Industry

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Chronicles the rise and fall of a Pennsylvanian coal town, the center of violent confrontations between labor and capital.
Paperback, 544 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Cornell University Press (first published September 1987)
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Caroline Heins
Mar 20, 2008 Caroline Heins rated it liked it
Recommends it for: environmentalists
I was tempted to give this book 2 stars, the subject matter is so depressing to me that it was like drudgery to read the book. But then, I did read the whole thing! but more than that, the book has remained in my imagination and understanding of how our nation became what it is today. I've even gone to see the town of St. Clair,PA since I read it. Any book that sticks with me this long and effects my very understanding of what it means to flip a light switch probably deserves more than 2 stars.
Seán
Sep 14, 2009 Seán rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another choice Salvation Army pick-up. Useful to the continual investigation of my Pennsylvania forebearers, and as a splendid bit of anthropology/history using a representative pinprick of a mining patch to elicit a swirl of human events.
Alie
Jul 23, 2008 Alie rated it liked it
Lots of information about how coal miner towns began, but a little too heavy on details. Although, did you know that in miner towns, you could hear the workers underground as you walked around main street or in your backyard?
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