St. Joseph and Benton Harbor

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St. Joseph and Benton Harbor portrays twin cities with very different personalities weathering a time of great change. Long established as thriving centers of manufacturing, fruit farming, shipping, and tourism, both towns faced the enormous economic and cultural transformations of post–World War II America: rapid demographic shifts, urban renewal, social unrest, and the collapse of industrial manufacturing. Through hard work, creative effort, and above all community cooperation, each southwest Michigan town reinvented itself, emerging into the 21st century revitalized and transformed.
ISBN: 9781467113755
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of Modern America
Images: 161
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Shannon McRae is a Benton Harbor native. A professor of English and coordinator of American studies and film studies at the State University of New York at Fredonia, she previously authored Images of America: Manistee County with Arcadia Publishing, as well as articles on 20th-century literature, history, popular culture, and religion and is working on a longer book about jazz age spiritual tourism. With the generous participation and assistance of the business community, local historians, families, and individuals from both towns, she has assembled these beautiful images in order to share their compelling stories.
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