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City of dust : a cement company in the land of Tom Sawyer, Gregg Andrews

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City of dust : a cement company in the land of Tom Sawyer
Title
City of dust
Title remainder
a cement company in the land of Tom Sawyer
Statement of responsibility
Gregg Andrews
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Mark Twain's boyhood home of Hannibal, Missouri, often brings to mind romanticized images of Twain's fictional characters Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer exploring caves and fishing from the banks of the Mississippi River. In City of Dust, Gregg Andrews tells another story of the Hannibal area, the very real story of the exploitation and eventual destruction of Ilasco, Missouri."--BOOK JACKET. "In 1901, the Atlas Portland Cement Company built a cement plant outside Hannibal. Shortly thereafter, Ilasco, whose name was an acronym for cement manufacturing ingredients, quickly developed as a town for the plant's predominantly immigrant labor force. The introduction of Rumanian, Slovak, Italian, and Hungarian immigrants into this agricultural area located next to Tom Sawyer's cave on the edge of Little Dixie created cultural and social tensions. These tensions peaked during a 1910 strike when Governor Herbert S. Hadley ordered the Missouri National Guard to occupy the "foreign colony.""--BOOK JACKET. "Following the strike, Atlas sought to control its labor force by controlling the saloons, other businesses, and real estate of Ilasco. Atlas officials and Hannibal community leaders also sought to legitimize the company's presence by portraying it as the caretaker of Twain's boyhood home and historic heritage."--BOOK JACKET. "Atlas steadily gained control over Ilasco properties and increased its influence in the Hannibal area. Soon the company had the power to determine Ilasco's future. Ultimately, Atlas officials, Missouri highway officials, and local business leaders promoting the growing Mark Twain tourist industry closed ranks to relocate scenic Highway 79 through the heart of Ilasco, effectively destroying the town."--BOOK JACKET. "City of Dust weaves together labor, social, business, immigration, and environmental history. Andrews's thorough treatment of the subject places Ilasco in a larger regional and national context and increases our understanding of deindustrialization in twentieth-century America."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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Andrews, Gregg
Dewey number
977.8/355
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F474.I23
LC item number
A53 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ilasco (Mo.)
  • Portland cement industry
  • Working class
  • Ilasco (Mo.)
Label
City of dust : a cement company in the land of Tom Sawyer, Gregg Andrews
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-346) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 360 p.
Isbn
9780826210746
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96022236
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM34894381
  • CARL034894381
Label
City of dust : a cement company in the land of Tom Sawyer, Gregg Andrews
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-346) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 360 p.
Isbn
9780826210746
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96022236
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM34894381
  • CARL034894381

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