posts and bio Rachel Donaldson

Rachel Donaldson is the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Her work in academic and public history focuses on the intersection of labor history and historic preservation. In addition to authoring two monographs and contributing to edited volumes, her work has appeared in the Journal of Popular Culture, History of Education Quarterly, The Public Historian, Left History, and Labor.

Paul Shackel on his new book, The Ruined Anthracite

by on January 30, 2024

The Ruined Anthracite: Historical Trauma in Coal-Mining Communities is a deep dive into the lived experiences of people in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania during the late nineteenth century up through the present day. You explore the nuances of working-class labor, culture, and society while also addressing larger issues of how environmental devastation and unchecked capitalism have left long-lasting, if not irrevocable, scars on the landscape and the generations of people who have lived here.

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