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Exit ZeroFamily and Class in Postindustrial Chicago$
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Christine J. Walley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226871790

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226871813.001.0001

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From the Grave to the Cradle

From the Grave to the Cradle

(p.153) Conclusion From the Grave to the Cradle
Exit Zero

Christine J. Walley

University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents some final thoughts. The chapter reflects on events in the author's life in and away from Southeast Chicago. It describes how the stories told in this book about lives linked to Southeast Chicago's steel mills have come full circle: from the author's Big Grandpa entering the mills in the early twentieth century to her parents' struggle to make sense of a deindustrialized world in which the rules had dramatically changed to her four-year-old son trying to understand how the “mills went down” when he visits his grandma's house. These stories of passing generations have been told with the conviction that telling such stories is necessary to determine what has been lost in the United States and how to move forward.

Keywords:   Southeast Chicago, steel mills, deindustrialization

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