Deborah Rudacille
Lecturer, University of Maryland

Deborah Rudacille writes about science and health, and teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her latest book is Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town (2010).

Written by Deborah Rudacille

Steel workers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1955. Photo by W Eugene Smith/Magnum

Environmental history
A lethal nostalgia

Steel mills, coal mines and blast furnaces have killed and poisoned thousands of Americans – so why mourn their passing?

Deborah Rudacille