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Voices from the Rust Belt
Voices from the Rust Belt
Trubek, Anne, 1966- editor.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Picador, 2018.
Physical Description:
vi, 245 pages ; 21 cm
"Where is America's Rust Belt? It's not quite a geographic region but a linguistic one, first introduced as a concept in 1984 by Walter Mondale. In the modern vernacular, it's closely associated with the "Post-Industrial Midwest," and includes Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, and New York. The region reflects the country's manufacturing center, which, over the past forty years, has been in decline. In the 2016 election, the Rust Belt's economic woes became a political talking point, and helped pave the way for a Donald Trump victory. But the region is neither monolithic nor easily understood. The truth is much more nuanced. Voices From the Rust Belt pulls together a distinct variety of voices from people who call the region home. Voices that emerge from familiar Rust Belt cities-- Detroit, Cleveland, Flint, and Buffalo, among others -- and observe, with grace and sensitivity, the changing economic and cultural realities for generations of Americans. The anthology is a collection of the best non-fiction essays published in Belt Magazine, a critically-acclaimed regional magazine, and has been artfully put together by publisher and founder Anne Trubek" --
Introduction: why the Rust Belt matters (and what it is) / A girl's Youngstown / The kidnapped children of Detroit / Busing, a white girl's tale / Moundsville / North Park, with and without hate / Moundsvile / Love and survival: a Flint romance / A middle-aged student's guide to social work / Fresh to death / Rust belt heroin chic / Will blacks rise or be forgotten in the new Buffalo? / Can Detroit save white people? / Cleveland's little Iraq / A night at the Golden Lion Lounge / Family bones / The fauxtopias of Detroit's suburbs / Pretty things to hang on the wall / King Coal and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum / Seed or weed: on the evolution of Chicago's Bloomingdale trail / This is a place / That better place; or, the problem with mobility / Losing Lakewood / Notes from the expatriate underground / Confessions of a Rust Belt orphan; or, how I learned to stop worrying and love Akron / Bathtime
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