There seems to be a complex equation that residents have to live with, a struggle between acknowledging the past and hoping for the future while demonstrating their community’s resilience. A necessity of crafting out a tomorrow in the rust.
Hundreds of angry miners crowded around the machine, several attacking it with hammers and axes. Finally, fifteen sticks of dynamite were placed under the motor, and a firing wire and exploders attached. A few minutes later there was a terrific blast and the shovel was reduced to a tangled mass of wreckage.
"I have never seen a conflict between journalism and activism," wrote Barbara Ehrenreich.
In Pennsylvania’s Oil Creek Valley, the messy legacy of the country’s first petroleum boom.
Excerpted from "An Alternative History of Pittsburgh."
"All over McKean County, we claimed the unwanted spaces that adults had left behind."
An excerpt from "Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology 2nd Edition."
On the walls of a Pittsburgh-area church, twenty-five scenes of God, war, justice, family.
A requiem for the small-town "hang-arounds."