New PDF release: Coal Dust on Your Feet: The Rise, Decline, and Restoration

By Janet MacGaffey

Coal airborne dirt and dust in your Feet is a old ethnography of Shamokin, Pennsylvania and its surrounding borough of Coal Township. This anthracite coal fueled the economic revolution and its miners generated the increase of equipped hard work, either one of which make the zone of northeast Pennsylvania one among nice fiscal and ancient value. The ethnographic box web site of the learn spans a century and a part because it seems to be on the background and ties to the house nations of the immigrants who verified and labored the coal mines. information of person lives and relations histories brighten up debts of and the struggles of the unions, technique of livelihood, ethnicity, associational existence and ceremonial events. will probably be of curiosity to anthropologists, sociologists, students of city reviews and hard work historians, and contributes to the canon of literature on group and experience of position.

The examine specializes in the increase and decline of the mining undefined, at the ethnic teams that shaped the town’s neighborhoods, and at the alterations that experience taken position in ethnicity, faith, category and neighborhood. It covers the interval of prosperity whilst the factories of the hot York garment moved into city for the center years of the 20 th century and made Shamokin a buying mecca. this present day, the city is decimated by way of monetary decline and inhabitants loss, yet ethnicity continues to be an identification choice and nonetheless has fiscal content material. The powerful experience of position of the folk of town rooted of their cultural and militant historical past, has given upward thrust to a much wider neighborhood of former citizens who go back to go to, perform occasions and purchase ethnic meals and cultural goods. This wider group of belonging and id is helping to spice up morale, feel of group and financial system, in what's now basically a retirement city with commuters touring to paintings in within reach towns.

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