Homestead and the Steel Valley (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) (Paperback)

Homestead and the Steel Valley (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) By Daniel J. Burns, Carnegie Library of Homestead Cover Image
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See the story of Western Pennsylvania Homestead and the Steel Valley, home to the great furnaces of America that supported the nation in wars and the immigrants that provided labor and build the area's proud heritage.

Western Pennsylvania is dotted with what are known locally as mill towns, but few of these communities epitomize this definition more than the municipalities of Homestead, West Homestead, and Munhall. Commonly referred to as the Steel Valley, these towns were home to some of the greatest steel-producing operations in the world. As the Mon Valley's steel production answered the nation's call during two world wars, so did the workers who unloaded countless barges of coal and fed the mills' great furnaces that produced the material needed for weapons, armament, and tanks. Workers emigrated from every country in Europe to make their mark in America. Many of these people spoke little or no English and endured long hours of labor in often hazardous conditions. Their families brought with them the traditions of their varied European cultures, filling their communities with ethnic diversity. Through 200 photographs, Homestead and the Steel Valley conveys the proud heritage of three communities and their role in the nation's history.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780738554877
ISBN-10: 0738554871
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Publication Date: November 7th, 2007
Pages: 127
Language: English
Series: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)