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Someplace Like AmericaTales from the New Great Depression$
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Dale Maharidge

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520262478

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520262478.001.0001

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Snapshots from the Road 2009

Snapshots from the Road 2009

(p.11) Snapshots from the Road 2009
Someplace Like America

Dale Maharidge

University of California Press

This chapter opens with a series of “snapshots,” in words, of America today. It describes the people the authors met on a five-day road trip in early 2009, from Washington, DC, to Michigan and into the mid-South. It is important to understand, up front, that the growing disaster the authors documented in the 1980s remained with them, that the pain found in those years persisted, and that the contradictions have not been resolved. After these snapshots, the chapter's narrative is roughly chronological. First, it reaches back to the 1980s. Some of these stories from the book Journey to Nowhere are being retold in a different and shorter form, with new material. The chapter introduces the city of Youngstown, destroyed by the closing of steel mills and the resulting loss of tens of thousands of well-paid jobs. It also introduces former steelworkers such as Joe Marshall Sr. and his son and Ken Platt.

Keywords:   snapshots, America, Washington, Michigan, Journey to Nowhere, Youngstown, steel, mills, Joe Marshall Sr., Ken Platt

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