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Gary, the Most American of All American Cities

Gary, the Most American of All American Cities

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U.S. Steel created Gary, Indiana. The new steel plant and town built on the site in 1906 were at once a triumph of industrial capitalism and a bold experiment in urban planning. Gary became the canvas onto which the American public projected its hopes and fears about modern, industrial society. In its prime, Gary was known as the magic city, steel's greatest achievement, and an industrial utopia; later it would be called the very model of urban decay. S. Paul O'Hara traces this stark reversal of fortune and reveals America's changing expectations. He delivers a riveting account of the boom or bust mentality of American industrialism from the turn of the 20th century to the present day.

Author: S. Paul O'Hara
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 01/06/2011
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 8.96h x 6.11w x 0.62d
ISBN: 9780253222886

About the Author

S. Paul O'Hara is Assistant Professor of History at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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