City Contented, City Discontented: A History of Modern Harrisburg

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Midtown Scholar Press ; Design by Fathom Studio ; Copyright by Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Mechanicsburg, 2011 - History - 404 pages
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In City Contented, City Discontented: A History of Modern Harrisburg, award-winning journalist Paul Beers (1931-2011) reveals how contemporary Harrisburg came to be what it is. In a masterful series of essays, Beers charts the capital's development from a City Beautiful, with its celebrated public spaces and premier educational institutions, through the fractures of race riots and the catastrophic challenges of flood and near-nuclear meltdown. Beers employs the well-honed skills of a veteran reporter to craft fascinating character sketches of prominent leaders and humble citizens alike, intertwining their dramatic personal stories with a compelling survey of the region's society, politics, and culture in the twentieth century.

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Paul Beers (1931-2011) won awards for his reporting from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association and the American Political Science Association. He was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a Professional Journalism Fellow at Stanford. In 1980, Penn State Press published his Pennsylvania Politics Today and Yesterday: The Tolerable Accommodation.

Michael Barton is Professor of American Studies and Social Science and Director of the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies at Penn State Harrisburg.

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