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an amazon reviewer:
Having grown up in Steelton, PA, the home of author John Bodnar and the focus of his study, I can attest to both the throughness and veracity of his research. The main thesis is that laborers in the growing American steel industry who were of Southern Slavic and African American heritage faced cultural stratification in the mills and mill towns that promoted ethnic separation and inhibited social and economic mobility. Driving forces and the struggle for power in an era long gone are well presented in this readable volume.