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Airway to EverywhereW. David LewisThis book chronicles the formation and history of All American Aviation, an early pioneer of commercial avaition, and air mail carrier.

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Allegheny CityDan RooneyNew in Paper

Allegheny City, known today as Pittsburgh’s North Side, was the third-largest city in Pennsylvania when it was controversially annexed by the City of Pittsburgh in 1907. Dan Rooney, a longtime North Side resident, joins local historian Carol Peterson in creating this highly engaging history of the cultural, industrial, and architectural achievements of Allegheny City from its humble beginnings until the present day. The authors cover the history of the city from its origins as a colonial outpost to its emergence alongside Pittsburgh as one of the most important industrial cities in the world. Supplemented by historic and contemporary photos, the authors take the reader on a fascinating and often surprising street-level tour of this colorful, vibrant, and proud place.

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American MosaicJoan MorrisonAmerican Mosaic presents the recollections of 140 immigrants from six continents and fifty countries who have settled all across the United States.
American Railroad Politics, 1914–1920K. Austin KerrThis book describes the crucial World War I period, when the federal government assumed control of the railroads, and various interest groups fought for their positions with policy makers.

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American Steel Industry, 1850-1970Kenneth WarrenA richly detailed account of the American steel industry from its beginnings until 1970, when its long period of international leadership was challenged, this book interprets steel from the viewpoints of historical and economic geography. It considers both physical factors, such as resources, and human factors such as market, organization, and governmental policy.
And the Wolf Finally CameJohn HoerrA veteran reporter on American labor, John P. Hoerr analyzes the spectacular and tragic collapse of the steel industry in the 1980s. And the Wolf Finally Came demonstrates how an obsolete and adversarial relationship between management and labor made it impossible for the industry to adapt to a rapidly changing global economy.
Anthony WayneRichard KnopfA thorough account of the third campaign of the Indian Wars (1790-1795) told through the correspondence of Major General Anthony Wayne and the three Secretaries of War under whom he served. The campaign was instrumental in securing the area north and west of the Ohio river, from Pittsburgh to Detroit, for settlement.

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Battle for Homestead, 1880–1892Paul KrauseIn The Battle for Homestead, Paul Krause calls upon the methods and insights of labor history, intellectual history, anthropology, and the history of technology to situate the events of the lockout and their significance in the broad context of America’s Guilded Age. Utilizing extensive archival material, much of it heretofore unknown, he reconstructs the social, intellectual, and political climate of the burgeoning post-Civil War steel industry.

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Bethlehem SteelKenneth WarrenBethlehem Steel presents an original and compelling history of a leading American company, examining the numerous factors contributing to the growth of this titan and those that eventually felled it—along with many of its competitors in the U.S. steel industry.

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Big SteelKenneth WarrenBig Steel is the first comprehensive history of the company at the center of America’s twentieth-century industrial life––the United States Steel Corporation. Granted unprecedented access to the U.S. Steel archives, Warren tells the compelling history of this business.

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Biking through History on the Great Allegheny Passage TrailEdward Muller Formerly titled An Uncommon Passage: Traveling through History on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail, this is a revised and updated version. This book reveals the historic importance of the Great Allegheny Passage Trail, now a scenic biking tand hiking trail that stretches from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, D.C. Through beautiful contemporary photos, historic illustrations and a compelling narrative, the rich history of the trail comes to life for visitors (and  everyone) to enjoy.
Bone WarsTom ReaTom Rea traces the evolution of scientific thought regarding dinosaurs and reveals the deception, hostility, and sometimes outright aggression present in the early years of fossil hunting. This book details one of the most famous—and notorious—dinosaur skeletons ever discovered: Diplodocus carnegii, named after Andrew Carnegie.

Winner of the 2002 Spur Award(best Western Non-Fiction-Contemporary) from Western Writers of America.

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Borderland ConfederateFestus SummersThis book compiles the letters and Civil War diary of William Lyne Wilson, a confederate soldier whose writings are essentially are essentially a history of the War, from the John Brown incident through several major campaigns up to Appomattox.

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Braddock at the MonongahelaPaul KoppermanAn impressive account of the 1755 battle between British forces led by General Edward Braddock and the victorious French and Indian fighters stationed at Fort Duquesne.

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Breaking the BackcountryMatthew WardAn exciting history of the Seven Years’ War (i.e., The French and Indian War) from the perspective of the region in which it began and most affected the early U.S.: the backcountry communities of Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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Citizens Defending AmericaMartin GreenbergMartin Greenberg chronicles the history of citizen volunteerism by examining the nature and purpose of volunteer police units in America since 1620. By considering these organizations with a contemporary perspective he provides insight into how the country might provide for a safe and secure future.

Winner of the 2006 George Washington Honor Medal from Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

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Community Planning in the 1920sRoy LuboveThe first detailed study of the Regional Planning Association of America, whose organization in 1923 signified a sharp break with traditional housing and planning in the United States.

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Constitution of the United States, 1787–1962Putnam JonesThe essays in this collection commemorate the 175th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Constitution, offering perspectives on its history and its meaning to modern society.

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Cormany DiariesJames MohrA unique pairing of husband and wife diaries written during the Civil War, offering in-depth accounts of life both at home and on the battlefield. Notes by the editor enlighten many of the issues that the couple grappled with during this tumultuous time.

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Council Fires on the Upper OhioRandolph DownesCouncil Fires on the Upper Ohio is a unique account of the Indian-white relations during the second half of the eighteenth century. Told from the point of view of the Indians, it details how the Indians maintained a precarious hold of Western Pennsylvania by playing one white faction off against another.

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Creating AmericaJan CohnBefore movies, radio, and television challenged the hegemony of the printed word, the Saturday Evening Post was the preeminent vehicle of mass culture in the United States. And to the extent that a mass medium can be the expression of a single individual, this magazine, with a peak circulation of almost three million copies a week, was the expression of its editor, George Horace Lorimer. Cohn shows how Lorimer made the Post into a uniquely powerful magazine that both celebrated and helped form the values of the time.

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Crisis in BethlehemJohn StrohmeyerCrisis in Bethlehem provides an insider's look at Bethlehem Steel's bonanza years, its collapse, how it coped (and did not cope) with crisis, and the human costs involved.

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CrossroadsJohn HarpsterCrossroads is a collection of thirty-seven colorful and perceptive writings left by early travelers and settlers who ventured west of the Allegheny Mountains. Traders, surveyors, soldiers, preachers, and immigrants, some of them well known and some obscure, tell of the loneliness, terror, and beauty of the frontier.

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Department of War, 1781–1795Harry WardA comprehensive study of the formative years of the Department of War, and the struggle to win public acceptance for maintaining a standing national army.

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Distribution of Wealth and Income in the United States in 1798Lee SoltowBased on census data, Soltow presents an exhautive survey of wealth distribution in the early United States, with a particular focus on the 1798 census for the First Direct Tax.

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Drums in the ForestAlfred JamesThis reissued edition deals with the French and Indian War. A discussion of the historical background of Fort Duquesne is followed by the description of five forts on the forks of the Ohio river.
Early Western Pennsylvania PoliticsRussell FergusonFerguson profiles the major politicians and political events in the region from Revolutionary War times until the 1820s, as a battle between loyalists of Jeffersonianism and Hamiltonianism.

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Emergence of a UAW Local, 1936–1939Peter FriedlanderThis book is a firsthand account of the experience of unionization in personal and social terms. Freidlander describes the transformation of a working-class community by its own actions and the ensuing stratification within that union.

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First and Second United States EmpiresJack Ericson EblenThis book describes the nature of government in all the contiguous territories of the United States from 1784–1912, offering a comprehensive view of the role and meaning of territorial government.

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Founding Families of Pittsburgh Joseph Rishel A study of twenty wealthy upper-class families during Pittsburgh’s growth into an important commerical and industrial center. It shows how they succeeded in creating the institutions needed to sustain a local aristocracy and possessed the ability to adapt its accumulated advantages to social and economic changes.

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George Mercer PapersLois MulkearnGeorge Mercer was a captain of the First Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War, a land surveyor, and an agent for the Ohio Company in England.Lois Mulkearn interprets George Mercer's documents on the activities of the Ohio Company, including early plans for town settlement, Indian treaties, and elightrning the reader on colonial history and the western frontier.

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George Washington in the Ohio ValleyHugh ClelandA chronicle of Washington's excursions to the Ohio Valley frontier, as a soldier and private citizen.

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Glass House Boys of PittsburghJames FlanneryAn original examination of legislative clashes over the singular issue of the glass house boys, who performed menial tasks, received low wages, and had little to say on their own behalf while toiling in glass bottle plants. Flannery reveals the many societal, economic, and political factors at work that allowed for the perpetuation of child labor in this industry and region.

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Great Kanawha NavigationEmory KempA comprehensive history of navigation on the Great Kanawha River, detailing the industrial archaeology of this waterway from the early 19th century, and offering a detailed case study of a major 19th- and early 20th-century civil engineering project that significantly advanced the nation's industrial development.

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Guns at the ForksWalter O’MearaA special reissue commemorating the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War, Guns at the Forks tells about the dramatic parts five successive forts, particularly Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt, play in the war between 1750 and 1760. O’Meara’s narrative also relates the larger story of the French and Indian War and its role in the global conflict that altered the course of world events.

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Harry, Tom, and Father Rice John HoerrCentered around mostly ordinary people, Harry, Tom, and Father Rice relates the story of the author’s uncle Harry Davenport, union leader Tom Quinn, and Father Charles Owen Rice to the great conflict between anti-Communist and Communist forces in the American labor movement.

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Herbert Hoover and Economic DiplomacyJoseph BrandesFrom 1921 to 1928, future president Hoover built the Commerce Department into one of the most influential forces in federal government. During this time, the United States became a major creditor to other nations, which in turn had a significant impact on power relations between nations. The Commerce Department also became a champion of American economic rights and independence from foreign commodities, and in the process became the guiding force in national economic policy.

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High FrontierWilliam TrimbleA comprehensive study of the history of manned flight in the state of Pennsylvania, from hot-air balloons to supersonic jets.

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HomesteadMargaret ByingtonThis classic provides an extensive look at early twentieth century Pittsburgh with vivid descriptions of urban social conditions.

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Homestead Strike of 1892Arthur BurgoyneIn 1893 Arthur Burgoyne, one of Pittsburgh’s most skilled and sensitive journalists, published Homestead, a complete history of the 1892 Homestead strike and the ensuing conflict between the Carnegie Steel Company and the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers. Accurate, readable, and judiciously balanced in assigning blame, this work gives crucial insight into a turbulent period in Pittsburgh’s history.

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House DividedRichard CurryA thorough investigation of the factors that led to the breakup of the Old Dominion and the emergence of the new state of West Virginia during the Civil War.

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Hugh Henry Brackenridge Reader, 1770-1815Daniel MarderA collection of the work of Hugh Henry Brackenridge (1748-1816)—one of the most vigorous and prolific writers of his time, and extoller of democracy.

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Inside History of the Carnegie Steel CompanyJames Howard BridgeThis book created a sensation when it appeared in 1903 and remains a striking insider’s narrative of the American steel industry in the late nineteenth century. Bridge was a fisthand witness to the confrontations of Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick, the eventual sale of Carnegie Steel and the formation of U.S. Steel.

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Keelboat Age on Western WatersLeland BaldwinThis book tells the story of river boating in the west before the invention of the steamboat. Recreates life on the keelboats and flatboats that ran the Ohio, Mississippi, and other rivers from revolutionary days until about 1820.

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Killing TimeScott MartinWinner of the 1996 Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award Killing Time examines the cultural history of southwestern Pennsylvania through the lens of leisure activities. Scott Martin details how leisure activities were integral in the formation of class, gender, ethnic, and community identities.
New Deal and the Last HurrahBruce StaveStave disputes the theory that political bossism declined from the 1930s to the 1950s. Using Pittsburgh as an example, he chronicles the shift of political power from a once-invincible Republican machine to the Democratic Party led by David L. Lawrence.

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North Reports the Civil WarJ. Cutler AndrewsAndrews presents the drama of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of reporters’ own diaries, dispatches, and printed news stories.

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Ohio CompanyAlfred JamesA comprehensive history of the formation and activities of the Ohio Company of Virgnia, and their major role in the settlement of western Pennsylvania.

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Outposts of the War for EmpireCharles StotzThis reissued hardcover edition thoroughly examines colonial era forts through narrative and illustration. It offers information about their physical attributes as well as why they were built.
Pastoral and MonumentalDonald JacksonPastoral and Monumental chronicles America’s longtime fascination with dams as represented on picture postcards from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Through over four hundred images, Donald C. Jackson documents the remarkable transformation of dams and their significance to the environment and culture of America.
Pennsylvania Constitutional DevelopmentRosalind BranningFirst published in 1960, this work remains the seminal study of the development of Pennsylvania’s constitution.

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Permeable BorderJohn J. BukowczykThis text examines the history of the Great Lakes Basin in relation to its importance as a place of social, economic, and political interaction between the United States and Canada.

Winner of the 2006 Albert B. Corey Prize from the American Historical Association.

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Pioneer Life in Western PennsylvaniaJ. E. WrightA fascinating look at life during pioneer times in western Pennsylvania. Describes the hardship, danger and drudgery of day-to-day life on the frontier. Topics include cabin raising, crop harvests, tanning, weaving, disease, religion, and superstition. Also follows the progression from pioneer life to industrial society.

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PittsburghLeland BaldwinThe standard history of Pittsburgh tells the city’s story from its violent days as an eighteenth-century outpost of empire to the onset of its great age of industrial expansion.

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Planting of Civilization in Western PennsylvaniaSolon BuckChronicles the development of industry, education, religion, social customs, law and order, and many other aspects of life in Western Pennsylvania up until the War of 1812. Based upon the original work of the Western Pennsylvania Historical Survey, from 1931-1935.

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Polish Americans and Their HistoryJohn BukowczykThis rich collection brings together the work of eight leading scholars to examine the history of Polish-American workers, women, families, and politics.

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Politics Without PartiesVan Beck HallThis book offers proof that before the emergence of the American political party system, political differences were defined by economic, social, and cultural differences.

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Presidential Delegation of Authority in WartimeNathan GrundsteinAdministration in time of war has come to revolve around the President, and much of the administrative authority of the President is then delegated to extralegal agents. Grundstein's analysis of the experiences of World War I show that such delegation is inevitable.

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Progressives and the SlumsRoy LuboveA detailed study of housing reform at the turn of the twentieth century, focusing on the tenements of New York City and the work of Lawrence Veiller, the dominant figure in Progressive Era housing reform.

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River Ran RedDavid Demarest, Jr."The River Ran Red" commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of the Homestead strike of 1892. The book recreates the events of that summer in excerpts from contemporary newspapers and magazines, reproductions of pen-and-ink sketches and photographs made on the scene, passages from the congressional investigation that resulted from the strike, first-hand accounts by observers and participants, and poems, songs, and sermons from across the country. Contributions by outstanding scholars provide the context for understanding the social and cultural aspects of the strike, as well as its violence.
Scots Breed and SusquehannaHubertis CummingsCummings vividly relates the tale of the sturdy and indomitable Scotch-Irish settlers in Pennsylvania. Hardened from their ancient battles against tyranny and injustice in their native “bonnie Scotland,” they struggled to establish a new home in America along and beyond the Susquehanna River.

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Seeing RedsCharles McCormickCharles McCormick’s extensively researched work describes the formative period of federal domestic spying in the Pittsburgh region. He utilizes case files from various federal intelligence agencies to add to our understanding of the security state, cold war ideology, labor and immigration history, and the rise of the authoritarian American Left, as well as the career paths of figures as diverse as J. Edgar Hoover and William Z. Foster.

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Shadow of the MillsS. J. KleinbergChoice 1990 Outstanding Academic Book, Shadow of the Mills focuses on the private side of industrialization, on how the mills structured the everyday existence of the women, men, and children who lived in their shadows. Through imaginative use of census data, the records of municipal, charitable, and fraternal organizations, and the voices of workers themselves in local newspapers, S.J. Kleinberg builds a detailed picture of the working-class life cycle: marital relationships, the interaction between parents and children, the education and employment prospects of the young, and the lives if the elderly.

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Steel WorkersJohn FitchThe Steel Workers remains a readable and timeless account of labor conditions in the early years of the steel industry. An introduction by the noted historian Roy Lubove places the book in political and historical context.

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Steelmasters and Labor Reform, 1886-1923Gerald EggertGerald G. Eggert provides a fascinating inside view of top steel officials arguing their positions on various labor reforms—stock purchase plans, employer liability, employee representation, and elimination of the twelve-hour shift and seven-day work week, during the late eighteen and early nineteenth century.

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SteeltonJohn BodnarA study of the immigrants who flocked to this Central Pennsylvania steel town in the late nineteenth century in search of employment. Comprised primarily of Southern blacks and Eastern European immigrants, they formed the lower class of this town. Analyzes the social structure and dominance of the white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant elite.

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Thunder in the MountainsLon SavageMuch neglected in historical accounts, Thunder in the Mountains is the only available book-length account of the crisis in American industrial relations and governance that occured during the West Virginia mine war of 1920-21.

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Toward a National Power PolicyPhilip Funigiello This book profiles the events, laws, utilities and dominant industry and political players that shaped the development of national power policies during a period when the federal government sought to make affordable electricity available to all Americans.

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Travels of John Heckewelder in Frontier AmericaPaul WallaceA collection of the travel writings of John Heckewelder, who recorded much of the history of the western frontier in the upper Ohio Valley and the eastern Great Lakes.

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Wealth, Waste, and AlienationKenneth WarrenDrawing on economic, technological, labor, and environmental history, Kenneth Warren explains the birth, phenomenal growth, decline and death of the Connellsville coke industry—the region that made Pittsburgh steel world famous.

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What’s a Coal Miner to Do? Keith DixThis book explores the impact of technology on coal miners and operators. Dix reconstructs the history of the “hand-loading” era, then views the evolution of mechanical coal technology, the rise of the United Mine Workers, and the expanded role of the state under New Deal legislation.

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Whiskey RebelsLeland BaldwinA succinct account of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 in Western Pennsylvania, recalling the economic and sociological factors that led to this historic uprising.

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Women and the TradesElizabeth Beardsley ButlerChronicles the technological and organizational changes that transformed women's wage work in the early 1900's. Provides a comprehensive account of women's standing and the jobs they performed in the workforce. Part of the original sociological study, The Pittsburgh Survey, which was the first attempt to study life and labor in this industrial city.

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Working-Class LifePeter ShergoldThis book offers a comparative study of working-class life in Pittsburgh, PA and Birmingham, England in the early twentieth century.

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