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An increasing number of Americans seem to be recognizing the downsides of deindustrialization, with its malign implications ranging from national security vulnerabilities to ‘deaths of despair’ and reduced social cohesion. I was wondering what novels and movies we can think of that (a) have an industrial theme or setting, and (b) do not portray industry in a totally negative way. Here are a few to start with:
In the Valley of Decision, a 1942 book by Marcia Davenport that inspired a 1945 movie starring Greer Garson and Gregory Peck. The story centers on a Pittsburgh steel mill and the family that owns it. I saw the movie and then read the book; both are excellent. My review, which I just put up a few days ago, is here. It was Valley of Decision that got me thinking about the subject matter of this post.