Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town

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As the American economy seeks to restructure itself, Roots of Steel is a powerful, candid, and eye-opening reminder of the people who have been left behind.

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When Deborah Rudacille was a child in the working-class town of Dundalk, Maryland, a worker at the local Sparrows Point steel mill made more than enough to comfortably support a family. But the decline of American manufacturing in the decades since has put tens of thousands out of work and left the people of Dundalk pondering the broken promise of the American dream.

In Roots of Steel, Rudacille combines personal narrative, interviews with workers, and extensive research to capture the character and history of this once-prosperous community.

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Author Deborah Rudacille
Publisher Anchor Books
Page Count 304pp
Publication Size 5.25 x 8
Publication Notes trade paperback
Publication Date August 23, 2011
ISBN 978-1400095896

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