I ran across a discussion by the authors of the following book on PCN this morning. Looks very interesting, will try and find out where it can be purchased:
The Face of Decline
by Thomas Dublin
Cornell University Press, Sage House, 512 East State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
The anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania helped power industrialization in the United States, and created a booming regional prosperity. Today very little mining or industry remains, although residents have made valiant efforts to restore the fabric of their communities. In “The Face of Decline,” historians Thomas Dublin and Walter Licht offer a sweeping history of this area over the course of the twentieth century. Combining business, labor, social, political, and environmental history, the authors delve into coal communities to explore grassroots ethnic life and labor activism, economic revitalization, and the varied impact of economic decline across generations of mining families.
Thomas Dublin is Professor of History at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the author of many books, including “When the Mines Closed: Stories of Struggles in Hard Times.” Walter Licht is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of several books, including “Working for the Railroad: The Organization of Work in the Nineteenth Century.”