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The Phoenix?

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262478
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262478.003.0028
The Phoenix?

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Youngstown is a difficult place to find hope. Like many cities in the Steel Belt, it has never been the kind of town where most residents drink their morning coffee bright with optimism for the new day, even in the best economic times. If defeat is a possibility in any endeavor of life, it tends to be embraced as the inevitable result. Growing up in Cleveland, Dale Maharidge called this the “can't do” mentality. Mill towns are just that way. Of course, in the days of his youth, there were, relatively speaking, few real problems. So when a true crisis occurred, with the shutdowns and layoffs, this defeatism matured into something far more debilitating. This is true not only in Youngstown but also in much of steel country. An excellent description comes from Abigail Wendle, twenty-three years old, who grew up in Youngstown.

Keywords: Youngstown; Steel Belt; Cleveland; Dale Maharidge; mill towns; shutdowns; layoffs; defeatism; Abigail Wendle

Chapter.  2325 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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