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Morgan Park : Duluth, U.S. Steel, and the forging of a company town

Author: Arnold R Alanen
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From 1915 to 1971 the large U.S. Steel plant was a major part of Duluth<U+2019>s landscape and life. Just as important was Morgan Park<U+2014>an innovatively planned and close-knit community constructed for the plant<U+2019>s employees and their families. In this new book Arnold R. Alanen brings to life Morgan Park, the formerly company-controlled town that now stands as a city neighborhood, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold R Alanen
ISBN: 9780816641369 0816641366 9780816641376 0816641374
OCLC Number: 154789870
Awards: Winner of Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (Nonfiction) 2007
Description: xviii, 338 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Preface --
Introduction : Model company towns in America, 1800-1914 --
[pt]. 1. A steel plant and a company town, 1907-1915 --
1. The economics and politics of iron ore and big steel --
2. Building a steel plant : recession, indecision, and war --
3. Neighborhood housing from Gary to Oliver --
4. The emergence of a model company town --
[pt]. 2. Working and living in Morgan Park, 1916-1029 --
5. Stability and prosperity for U.S. steel --
6. The complete company town --
7. Engineering the good life --
[pt]. 3. From despair to prosperity, 1930-1945 --
8. Struggling for work during the 1930s --
9. Getting by and making do --
10. More steel for another war --
11. No more company housing --
[pt]. 4. Closing a steel plant but preserving a community, 1946-2006 --
12. Six strikes to shutdown --
13. Preserving the model town --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Arnold R. Alanen ; with photographs by Chris Faust.
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From 1915 to 1971 the large U.S. Steel plant was a major part of Duluth<U+2019>s landscape and life. Just as important was Morgan Park<U+2014>an innovatively planned and close-knit community constructed for the plant<U+2019>s employees and their families. In this new book Arnold R. Alanen brings to life Morgan Park, the formerly company-controlled town that now stands as a city neighborhood, and the U.S. Steel plant for which it was built. Planned by renowned landscape architects, architects, and engineers, and provided with schools, churches, and recreational and medical services by U.S. Steel, Morgan Park is an iconic example<U+2014>like Lowell, Massachusetts, and Pullman, Illinois<U+2014>of a twentieth-century company town, as well as a window into northeastern Minnesota<U+2019>s industrial roots. Starting with the intense political debates that preceded U.S. Steel<U+2019>s decision to build a plant in Duluth, Morgan Park follows the town and its residents through the boom years to the closing of the outmoded facility<U+2014>an event that foreshadowed industrial shutdowns elsewhere in the United States<U+2014>and up to today, as current residents work to preserve the community<U+2019>s historic character. Through compelling archival and contemporary photographs and vibrant stories of a community built of concrete and strong as steel, Alanen shows the impact both the plant and Morgan Park have had on life in Duluth.

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