Hidden History of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley

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Beyond steel and rust, Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley share a rich but often overlooked past. During the late 1910s, the ever-present smoke blanketing the area could not hide the fires from the burning business district of East Youngstown or the city streets deserted from Spanish influenza. Over twenty years later, the Mahoning Valley lived under another dark cloud, the Great Depression, but in changing times for the valley and the country, the men and women of the WPA busied themselves with building up the region and dreaming of better days. Journalist and historian Sean Posey excavates the history behind familiar landmarks, forgotten institutions and historic sites that connect Mahoning Valley history to the story of the evolution of industrial America.
ISBN: 9781467149570
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Ohio
Series: Hidden History
Images: 77
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Sean T. Posey is a freelance writer and historian. He holds a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a master’s degree in history from Youngstown State University. His work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Citylab, Salon and Bill Moyers and Company, as well as in the books Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology and the Pittsburgh Anthology. The History Press also released Sean’s first two books: Lost Youngstown and Historic Theaters of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.
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