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