Smokestacks in the Hills: Rural-Industrial Workers in West by Lou Martin

By Lou Martin

Long thought of an city phenomenon, industrialization additionally reworked the yankee nation-state. Lou Martin weaves the narrative of the way the relocation of metal and pottery factories to Hancock County, West Virginia, created a rural and small-town operating class--and what that intended for groups and for exertions. As Martin indicates, entry to land in and round metal and pottery cities allowed citizens to maintain rural conduct and tradition. staff in those areas valued position and native neighborhood. as a result of their trust in localism, an individualistic ethic of "making do," and corporate loyalty, they typically labored to put limits on union effect. even as, this localism allowed staff to evolve to the dictates of commercial capitalism and a always altering international on their lonesome terms--and maintain rural how you can a level unknown between their urbanized friends. all through, Martin ties those topics to illuminating discussions of capital mobility, the ways that altering paintings reviews outlined gender roles, and the chronic fantasy that modernizing forces bulldozed docile neighborhood cultures. Revealing and incisive, Smokestacks within the Hills reappraises an missed stratum of yankee hard work historical past and contributes to the continued discussion on shifts in nationwide politics within the postwar era.

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