Main street blues the decline of small-town America
By: Davies, Richard O.Material type: BookSeries: Urban life and urban landscape series: Publisher: Columbus Ohio State University Press 1998Description: xiii,234p.ISBN: 9780814207826.Subject(s): City and town life -- United States -- Case studies | Camden (Ohio) -- History | Camden (Ohio) -- Social conditions | Camden (Ohio) -- Social life and customsDDC classification: 977.171
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-220) and index.
Prologue. Plainville, U.S.A.: The Towns We Left Behind -- 1. Dover: The Building of a Community -- 2. Winesburg: Life along Main Street -- 3. Camden: The Halcyon Days of the 1920s -- 4. Depression: "The Worst of Times" -- 5. War: "Camden Behind the Men Behind the Guns" -- 6. The Last Picture Show -- 7. Main Street In Repose -- Epilogue. Camden: The Town We Left Behind.
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.