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The Book

Youngstown State University 's Center for Working-Class Studies teamed up with the Professional Writing and Editing and Journalism Programs to create a tribute to the city's new generation of workers. The book, Worker Portraits: Faces of Strength, displays the talent, dedication and strength of the people who keep the Mahoning Valley alive. With stories on individuals, their careers and their personal stories of struggle and triumph, the book opens up its readers to the world that is post-steel Youngstown.
The web version of this book was created by a senior student in the Professional Writing and Editing Program, with the hopes of making it more accessible to the community and to encourage the participation of the

people of the Mahoning Valley. It contains four previously unreleased portraits and is able to be updated to accommodate more stories of local workers, as requested by the people of Youngstown. Comments or suggestions for new stories can be directed to our blog via the link above.

What is the Center for Working-Class Studies?
The Center for Working-Class Studies (CWCS) at Youngstown State University (YSU) was the first academic program in the U.S. to focus on issues of work and class.  CWCS members have been at the forefront of "new working-class studies," an international movement that brings together academics, artists, activists, students, and others who are interested in the history, experiences, stories, and politics of the working class.