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October 1974
368 pages  

6 x 9
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The Households of a Mill Town
Byington, Margaret
This classic provides an extensive look at early twentieth century Pittsburgh with vivid descriptions of urban social conditions.

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"A classic in American urban and social history. One of the earliest and certainly one of the most elaborate descriptions of urban social conditions, it provides a remarkably extensive view of life and work in the city of Pittsburgh in the early 20th century. . . . If you had a family who lived and worked here, you must read this volume - you will be living back then, with them and experience their everyday trials and tribulations to survive."--Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 25 No. 2, Fall 1998

“This book deserved republication. It was a classic in its own day, and the passage of time has not decreased its varied utility. Researchers can use it as a primary source. Teachers can find in it material for presentation in the classroom. Undergraduate students can recognize and comprehend its insights into thise phase of the nation's past.”—Pennsylvania History

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Homestead, first published in 1910 as one volume in the classic Pittsburgh Survey, describes daily life in a community that was dominated economically and physically by the giant Homestead Works of the United States Steel Corporation. Homestead, just across the Monongahela River from Pittsburgh, developed as a completely separate city - a true mill town settled by newer immigrants and shaped in its attitudes by the infamous Homestead Strike of 1892.


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