In 1986, with little warning, the USX Homestead Works closed. Thousands of workers who depended on steel to survive were left without work. A Town Without Steel looks at the people of Homestead as they reinvent their views of the home and the workplace, and details the modifications and revisions of domestic strategies in a public crisis. In some ways unique, and in some ways typical of other American industrial towns, the plight of Homestead sheds light on social, cultural, and political developments of the late twentieth century. Judith Modell has interviewed forty-five men and women - an array of voices and opinions that reflect the ways in which the mill closing affected the town across age, gender, and racial lines. Charlee Brodsky's photographs serve to document the visual dimension of change in Homestead.
Judith Modell is professor of anthropology, history, and art at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the author of "Ruth Benedict and Kinship with Strangers," as well as a number of theoretical and methodological articles. Charlee Brodsky is associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the School of Design, where she teaches photography. She has received two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Fellowships, one in 1992 to document Homestead. She has also curated numerous exhibitions dealing with the history of photography in western Pennsylvania at The Museum of Art at the Carnegie. She is the author, with Linda Benedict- Jones, of "Pittsburgh Revealed: Photographs Since 1850.""
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