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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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The Phoenix?

The Phoenix?

26 The Phoenix?
Someplace Like America

Dale Maharidge

University of California Press

Youngstown is a difficult place to find hope. Like many cities in the Steel Belt, it has never been the kind of town where most residents drink their morning coffee bright with optimism for the new day, even in the best economic times. If defeat is a possibility in any endeavor of life, it tends to be embraced as the inevitable result. Growing up in Cleveland, Dale Maharidge called this the “can't do” mentality. Mill towns are just that way. Of course, in the days of his youth, there were, relatively speaking, few real problems. So when a true crisis occurred, with the shutdowns and layoffs, this defeatism matured into something far more debilitating. This is true not only in Youngstown but also in much of steel country. An excellent description comes from Abigail Wendle, twenty-three years old, who grew up in Youngstown.

Keywords:   Youngstown, Steel Belt, Cleveland, Dale Maharidge, mill towns, shutdowns, layoffs, defeatism, Abigail Wendle

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