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Glass Towns: Industry, Labor, and Political Economy in Appalachia, 1890-1930s (Working Class in American History)

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One of the central questions facing scholars of Appalachia concerns how a region so rich in natural resources could end up a symbol of poverty.and#160; Typical culprits include absentee landowners, reactionary coal operators, stubborn mountaineers, and greedy politicians. In a deft combination of labor and business history, Glass Towns complicates these answers by examining the glass industryandrsquo;s potential to improve West Virginiaandrsquo;s political economy by establishing a base of value-added manufacturing to complement the stateandrsquo;s abundance of coal, oil, timber, and natural gas.

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Through case studies of glass production hubs in Clarksburg, Moundsville, and Fairmont (producing window, tableware, and bottle glass, respectively), Ken Fones-Wolf looks closely at the impact of industry on local populations and immigrant craftsmen. He also examines patterns of global industrial restructuring, the ways workers reshaped workplace culture and political action, and employer strategies for responding to global competition, unreliable markets, and growing labor costs at the end of the nineteenth century.

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Through the example of the glass industry, Fones-Wolf (history, West Virginia U.) explores the development of West Virginia from 1890 to the 1930s and why, despite an abundance of natural resources, the region was left with an underdeveloped economy. Following an examination of the restructuring of various branches of the glass industry in the late-19th century, the text contains a series of case studies of the region and specific communities meant to benefit from restructuring, in an attempt to appreciate the efforts made but also to understand the limitations of indigenous groups in forming a different political economy. For students and scholars of American and labor history. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Exploring a path not taken in Appalachian economic development--one that might have led away from underdevelopment

About the Author

Ken Fones-Wolf is a professor of history at West Virginia University. He is coeditor of Transnational West Virginia: Ethnic Communities and Economic Change, 1840-1940 and author or editor of three other books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252073717
Author:
Fones-wolf, Ken
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Editor:
Barrett, James R.
Editor:
Kessler-Harris, Alice
Author:
Fones-Wolf, Ken
Author:
Fones-Wolf, Ken
Subject:
History
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Appalachian Region
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
HIS036120
Subject:
Appalachian Region Economic conditions.
Subject:
Glass trade - Appalachian Region - History
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Working Class in American History
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 photographs
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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