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Smokestacks in the HillsRural-Industrial Workers in West Virginia$
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Lou Martin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039454

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039454.001.0001

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Building Factories in the Country

Building Factories in the Country

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(p.29) Chapter 2 Building Factories in the Country
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Smokestacks in the Hills
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Lou Martin

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039454.003.0003

This chapter discusses the relocation of industrialists to rural places. Industrialists saw in Hancock County an undeveloped countryside where they could create factories and factory towns that would give their businesses a fresh start. Indeed, relocating allowed them to adopt new organizations and new technologies, to reshape their workforces and labor relations, and to have greater control over their business. The erection of the steel mills and potteries on grassy fields along the Ohio River also transformed the local economy. By 1910, the county's population had grown to 10,000, and tin mills and potteries now stood on the bank of the Ohio River, surrounded by small factory towns on what had once been farmland. In the decades that followed, the county's population would triple, but much of the rural nature of the place and rural habits of the people remained intact.

Keywords:   industrialists, rural places, Hancock County, factory towns, steel mills, potteries, rural habits

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