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Steeples and Stacks
Religion and Steel Crisis in Youngstown, Ohio


Part of Cambridge Studies in Religion and American Public Life

  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521101264

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  • Steeples and Stacks is a study of the religion-based community group that formed in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1977 in response to the proposed shutdown of a portion of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube's steelworks. The closing was one of the most dramatic of the plant closings that have come to symbolise American deindustrialisation. Church leaders and steelworkers joined together in Youngstown to form a powerful ecumenical political coalition, establishing links with Washington lobbyists and proposing eventually to buy the plant and run it as a community industry. Though the proposal ultimately failed, the story of the coalition provides an illuminating view of the growing interaction between religious and public affairs in American life. The book also provides an original analysis of the dynamics of intergovernmental, corporate and community relations at the local level. The author, who became involved in the coalition as a participant-observer, focuses on the pivotal role of religious leaders that distinguished the Youngstown case from so many other plant closings across the nation.

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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521101264
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Steeltown
    2. The industry
    3. Shutdown
    4. Coping with Crisis: Community Response to the Shutdown
    5. Religion and Urban Economic Crisis
    6. Launching a Movement
    7. The Plan
    8. Negotiations
    9. Ending, Learning, Beginning Anew
    10. Epilogue

  • Author

    Thomas G. Fuechtmann, University of Chicago

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