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Title:
Wealth, Waste, and Alienation: Growth and Decline in the Connellsville Coke Industry
Author:
Kenneth Warren
Publisher:
Pittsburgh Univ Press
ISBN or Item #
9780822941323
Date Listed:
2013-11-25 12:55:38
Retail Price:
$35.00
Our Price:
$31.95
Description:

Wealth, Waste and Alienation

Growth and Decline in the Connellsville Coke Industry

by Kenneth Warren.

Cloth with dust jacket, 320 pages, 21 b&w photos, 5.875x9.

see also: Big Steel The First Century of the United States Steel Corporation, 1901–2001

see also: Seven Iron Men The Merritts and the Discovery of the Mesabi Range.

"Drawing on economic, technological, labor, and environmental history, Kenneth Warren explains the birth, phenomenal growth, decline and death of the Connellsville coke industry - the region that made Pittsburgh steel world famous.

"The southwestern Pennsylvania town of Connellsville lay in the middle of a massive reserve of high quality coal. Connellsville coal was so soft and easily worked that one man and a boy could cut and load ten tons of it in ten hours. This region became a major source of coke, a vital material in industrial processes, above all in steel manufacture, producing forty-seven percent of America`s supply in 1913.

"But by the 1920s, what had seemed to be a gold mine was turning into a devastating economic, environmental and social loss. In Wealth, Waste and Alienation, Kenneth Warren draws from primary source material, including the minutes and letters of the Carnegie Steel Company, the United States Steel Corporation, and the archives of Henry Clay Frick, to explain the birth, phenomenal growth, decline and death of the Connellsville coke industry. Its rich natural resources produced wealth for individuals, companies, and some communities, but as Warren shows, there was also social alienation, waste, and devastation of the natural environment. The complicated structure of enterprise, capital, and labor which made this region flourish unwound almost as quickly as it arose, creating repercussions that are still reverberating in what’s left of Connellsville today, a kind of postindustrial rural shell of its former productive glory."

"Kenneth Warren is Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous books, including: Industrial Genius: The Working Life of Charles Michael Schwab and Big Steel: The First Century of the United States Steel Corporation 1901-2001.