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Nothin' but blue skies : the heyday, hard times, and hopes of America's industrial heartland

Author: Ted McClelland
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region became the "arsenal of democracy"-the greatest manufacturing center in the world-in the years during and after World War II, thanks to natural advantages and a welcoming culture. Decades of unprecedented prosperity followed, memorably punctuated by riots, strikes, burning rivers, and oil embargoes. A vibrant, quintessentially American character bloomed in the region's  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ted McClelland
ISBN: 9781608195299 1608195295
OCLC Number: 795174973
Description: 343 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Gus's Bar --
The Sit-Down Striker --
Arsenal of Democracy --
Motor City is Burning --
Burn on Big River --
I'm a Flintoid --
A Rust Bowl --
Homestead --
New Jack Cities --
The Smell of Money --
We're All Going to End up in Chicago --
Nature Always Bats Last --
Lackawanna Blues --
The Second Great Recession --
The Corner of Palmer and Jesus Saves --
Flintstones --
This is Not Your Father's Oldsmobile.
Other Titles: Nothing but blue skies
Responsibility: Edward McClelland.

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"The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region became the "arsenal of democracy"-the greatest manufacturing center in the world-in the years during and after World War II, thanks to natural advantages and a welcoming culture. Decades of unprecedented prosperity followed, memorably punctuated by riots, strikes, burning rivers, and oil embargoes. A vibrant, quintessentially American character bloomed in the region's cities, suburbs, and backwaters. But the innovation and industry that defined the Rust Belt also helped to hasten its demise. An air conditioner invented in Upstate New York transformed the South from a sweaty backwoods to a non-unionized industrial competitor. Japan and Germany recovered from their defeat to build fuel-efficient cars in the stagnant 1970s. The tentpole factories that paid workers so well also filled the air with soot, and poisoned waters and soil. The jobs drifted elsewhere, and many of the people soon followed suit. Nothin' but Blue Skies tells the story of how the country's industrial heartland grew, boomed, bottomed, and hopes to be reborn. Through a propulsive blend of storytelling and reportage, celebrated writer Edward McClelland delivers the rise, fall, and revival of the Rust Belt and its people."--Publisher's website.

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