Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City follows Pittsburgh from its frontier beginnings through its evolution into the most heavily industrialized city in the world, to the city's renewal of itself as "America's Most Livable City." This beautiful volume though, is much more than the story of a single city; it is the history of the United States. This book is based on years of research and includes contributions by such noted American historians as Henry Steele Commager and Oscar Handlin. More than 1100 pictures recreate the city's dramatic 200+year history. Featured are photographs by W. Eugene Smith, Margaret Bourke-White, Norman W. Schumm, Lorant himself and others. A chronology of events from 1717 offers historical snapshots in the day to day life of the archetypical American city.
Stefan Lorant was the author of more than a dozen books on American history. He edited magazines in three languages - English, German, and his native Hungarian. He has been acknowledged as the creator of modern photo-journalism by Life magazine, The New York Times, and The London Times. In 1991 The London Times included him as one of the "1000 Makers of the Twentieth Century" for the development of photo-journalism.
Chapter 1 Forts in the Wilderness Chapter 2 Gateway to the West Chapter 3 The City Grows Chapter 4 The Civil War and its Aftermath Chapter 5 The Hearth pof the Nation Chapter 6 Problems of Labor Chapter 7 The Entrepreneurs Chapter 8 The Muckracking Era Chapter 9 Between Two Wars Chapter 10 Rebirth Chapter 11 Levelling Off Chapter 12 The City of Champions Chapter 13 Renaissance II Chapter 14 The Great Transformation in the Eighties 15 The Best is Yet to Come