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Pennsylvania in Public Memory
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What stories do we tell about America’s once-great industries at a time when they are fading from the landscape? Pennsylvania in Public Memory attempts to answer that question, exploring the emergence of a heritage culture of industry and its loss through the lens of its most representative industrial state. Based on news coverage, interviews, and more than two hundred heritage sites, this book traces the narrative themes that shape modern public memory of coal, steel, railroading, lumber, oil, and agriculture, and that collectively tell a story about national as well as local identity in a changing social and economic world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Public Memory and the Legacies of Labor
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Chapter 1: “Almost a Nation”: The History of Industrial Heritage in Pennsylvania
  2. pp. 21-40
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  1. Chapter 2: “A Journey That Will Inspire”: Regions, Routes, and Rails
  2. pp. 41-56
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  1. Chapter 3: “Overcomin’ What Nature Put in Your Way”: Rural Heritage and Pioneer Mythology
  2. pp. 57-76
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  1. Chapter 4: “Where I Came From, How I Got Here”: Ethnic Diversity, Cultural Tourism, and the Memory of Immigration
  2. pp. 77-90
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  1. Chapter 5: “Deep Veins of Loss”: Sacrifice and Heroism in Coal Country
  2. pp. 91-108
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  1. Chapter 6: “From Our Family to Yours”: Personal Meanings of Work in Factory Tourism
  2. pp. 109-128
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  1. Chapter 7: “Steel Made This Town”: An Unfinished Story in Uncertain Times
  2. pp. 129-152
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  1. Chapter 8: “What’s the Use of Wond’rin’?”: The Questions of Industrial Heritage
  2. pp. 153-168
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  1. Epilogue: The Future of Pennsylvania’s Past
  2. pp. 169-180
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 181-218
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-260
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  1. Back Cover
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