Growing Up In a Pennsylvania Steel Town
During the Great Depression
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Ed Nebinger was inspired to write these memoirs by his realization of how greatly privileged he had been to be able to grow up in a wonderful part of America during the Great Depression. The Lehigh Valley is a beautiful, fertile area, surrounded by mountains, and populated by a talented and productive people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The years he spent growing up in Bethlehem before WW II proved to be pivotal ones in U.S. history. They represented a time when the U.S. was struggling through the Depression, but people never gave up and instead made the best of what they had.
The Bethlehem Steel Company was the second largest steel producer in the world. Visitors to Bethlehem today may look with dismay upon the ruins of the steel company, which stretched for miles along the Lehigh River.
Dominating the ruins are the ghostly remains of five blast furnaces, preserved apparently to remind people of the greatness that was once Bethlehem Steel.