pennsylvania history safety measures and the responsibility of the government. Other challenges Philadelphia faced included gang and mob warfare, labor strikes, and the famous Race Riots of 1918 resulting in the long battle for civil rights in a city defined by its claim for equality and tolerance. Altogether, Finkel offers a well-written and refreshing work bringing Philadelphia’s past and present to life. His meticulous attention to detail, storytelling, and photographic images situates the reader in an imaginary ambience of traveling the city’s streets and old neighborhoods. Its contribu- tion to historical scholarship lies in uncovering some of the lost stories and rediscoveries of the past contained in hundreds of thousands of historical photographs. While the author could have provided a concluding essay ana- lyzing and tying everything together, it is an invaluable study for students, researchers, and scholars of Philadelphia history and American urban studies. calvin tesler Lehigh University Steven Stoll. Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia. New York: Hill and Wang, 2018. 410 pp. Sources, illustrations bibliography, index. Paper, $17.00. “They created a devastation and called it ‘progress.’” With due apologies to Tacitus, this statement describes Steven Stoll’s new book, Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia. It presents
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