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Author Crow, Peter, 1942-

Title Do, die, or get along [electronic resource] : a tale of two Appalachian towns / Peter Crow.

Imprint Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2007.

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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 220 pages) : illustrations, map
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-208) and index.
Contents Frontier times -- Incorporated town: early years -- Company town: early years -- Immigrant labor -- Wild times in St. Paul -- Civility in St. Paul -- Great Depression and Dante -- Race relations in Dante -- Unionization -- The two towns interfacing, diverging -- Mining safety -- The Strip Mine Act of 1977 -- Regional planning and river politics -- Company town with no company -- The Pittston Strike of 1989-90 -- Changing attitudes -- Women, conservationists, and the economy -- Education and youth -- Changing strategy for regional renewal -- No-company town fights on.
Summary St. Paul and Dante are six miles apart; measured in other ways, the distance can be greater. Dante, for decades a company town controlled at all levels by the mine owners, has only a recent history of civic initiative. In St. Paul, which arose at a railroad junction, public debate, entrepreneurship, and education found a more receptive home. The speakers are men and women, wealthy and poor, black and white, old-timers and newcomers. Their concerns and interests range widely, including the battle over strip mining, efforts to control flooding, the 1989-90 Pittston strike, the nationally acclaimed Wetlands Estonoa Project, and the grassroots revitalization of both towns led by the St. Paul Tomorrow and Dante Lives On organizations. Their talk of the past often invokes an ethos, rooted in the hand-to-mouth pioneer era, of short-term gain. Just as frequently, however, talk turns to more recent times, when community leaders, corporations, unions, the federal government, and environmental groups have begun to seek accord based on what will be best, in the long run, for the towns.
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Subject Saint Paul (Va.) -- Biography.
Dante (Va.) -- Biography.
Oral history.
Community life -- Virginia -- Saint Paul.
Community life -- Virginia -- Dante.
Saint Paul (Va.) -- Social conditions.
Dante (Va.) -- Social conditions.
Coal mines and mining -- Virginia -- Saint Paul -- History.
Coal mines and mining -- Virginia -- Dante -- History.
Company towns -- Virginia -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Case studies
Other Form: Print version: Crow, Peter, 1942- Do, die, or get along. Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2007 0820328634 (DLC) 2006014019 (OCoLC)68416649
ISBN 9780820338972 (electronic bk.)
0820338974 (electronic bk.)