Main Street Blues

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1998-07-01
Publisher(s): Ohio State Univ Pr
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Richard O. Davies takes the reader through two hundred years of American history as reflected in the small Ohio farming village of Camden. Davies describes the development of the relatively self-sufficient community that emerged from the Ohio land rush of the early nineteenth century, a community that reached its apex during the 1920s and then entered into a period of slow decline caused by forces beyond its control. He details the roles of land speculation, the railroad era, the impact of the automobile, the emergence of a tightly knit community, and finally the post-World War II loss of business and population to the nearby cities of Dayton, Hamilton, and Cincinnati.

Author Biography

Richard O. Davies, a native of Camden, is a professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Table of Contents

Prologue. Plainville, U.S.A.: The Towns We Left Behindp. 1
Dover: The Building of a Communityp. 9
Winesburg: Life along Main Streetp. 43
Camden: The Halcyon Days of the 1920sp. 61
Depression: "The Worst of Times"p. 89
War: "Camden Behind the Men Behind the Guns"p. 117
The Last Picture Showp. 137
Main Street In Reposep. 163
Epilogue. Camden: The Town We Left Behindp. 185
Notesp. 197
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 221
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