Pittsburgh: The Story of a City

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Epilogue Trends of the Times

PITTSBURGH'S role as the initiator of the age of "big business" and its success at building up industry to a size and efficiency never before attained anywhere has made it the synonym for "materialism" in the minds of people the world over. No Pittsburgher is inclined to minimize the achievements of his city in the way of solid attainments-especially when he is confronted daily by the towering chimneys of the hundreds of factories engaged in the fabrication of steel, aluminum, glass, and electrical equipment, and by the evidences of the tributary empire of coal mines, forests, and farms. But anyone who knows his Pittsburgh is conscious of a powerful undercurrent of idealism, a current that is stronger perhaps than in any other American city. Pittsburgh's industrialists have diverted much of their wealth into channels and institutions whose returns are measured, not in dollars and cents but in the spiritual and intellectual growth of the community and of the nation. The philanthropic tradition is ingrained in Pittsburgh history from the days when it was a mere village, and scores of the men now remembered by their posterity only as successful merchants or manufacturers or financiers looked upon themselves chiefly as humanitarians and only secondarily as businessmen.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Foreword ix
  • Contents xi
  • Maps xiii
  • Prologue- Lewis Evans, His Map 1
  • I- Virginia Takes a Hand in the West 13
  • II- How Are the Mighty Fallen! 27
  • III- Robbers'' Roost 38
  • IV- The Head of Iron 48
  • V- Britannia Rules the Ohio 55
  • VI- Pioneer Village in War and Peace 66
  • VII- "Intestin Broyls" 76
  • VIII- Revolt in the West 85
  • IX- Between Revolts 103
  • X- Tom the Tinker Comes to Town 117
  • XI- The Gateway to the West 129
  • XII- Genesis of an Industrial Empire 145
  • XIII- Life under the Poplars 154
  • XIV- Clapboard Democracy 172
  • XV- From Turnpike to Railroad 184
  • XVI- Civic Pittsburgh, 1810-1860 201
  • XVII- "The Birmingham of America" 218
  • XVIII- The Emergence of a Metropolis 231
  • XIX- Moral and Cultural Advancement 248
  • XX- High and Low Life 268
  • XXI- National Politics on a Local Scale 285
  • XXII- Prelude to Strife 300
  • XXIII- The Sinews of War 311
  • XXIV- The Forge of America 326
  • XXV- Two Generations of Progress 341
  • Epilogue- Trends of the Times 358
  • Errata 369
  • Errata 381
  • Maps 383
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