As research for my upcoming book, Ghosts of Tom Joad, A Story of the #99Percent, I recently spent several days in Weirton, West Virginia, Steubenville and Mingo Junction, Ohio (the latter town was the site used to film much of the movie The Deer Hunter back in the day).
Those towns, like so many others along the stiil-beautiful Ohio River, once thrived on steel making. When economic decisions made in the U.S., along with globalized processes that moved most industry out of America into Asia, they left the shells of the mills along with the shells of the workers behind. The towns are devastated. They looked as if they had been evacuated after some terrible event. Maybe not far from the truth.
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