By Peter Crow
Do, Die, or Get alongside weaves jointly voices of twenty-six those who have intimate connections to 2 neighboring cities within the southwestern Virginia coal kingdom. full of facts of a brand new form of neighborhood outlook at the frequent problem of small neighborhood survival, the booklet tells how a confrontational "do-or-die" previous has given strategy to a "get-along" current equipped on coalition and protected desire. St. Paul and Dante are six miles aside; measured in alternative routes, the space should be larger. Dante, for many years a firm city managed in any respect degrees via the mine vendors, has just a contemporary heritage of civic initiative. In St. Paul, which arose at a railroad junction, public debate, entrepreneurship, and schooling came across a extra receptive home.The audio system are women and men, prosperous and terrible, black and white, old-timers and rookies. Their issues and pursuits variety broadly, together with the conflict over strip mining, efforts to regulate flooding, the 1989-90 Pittston strike, the nationally acclaimed Wetlands Estonoa venture, and the grassroots revitalization of either cities led by means of the St. Paul the next day and Dante Lives On businesses. Their speak of the prior frequently invokes an ethos, rooted within the hand-to-mouth pioneer period, of momentary achieve. simply as often, notwithstanding, speak turns to more moderen occasions, while group leaders, organizations, unions, the government, and environmental teams have all started to hunt accord in accordance with what's going to be top, in the end, for the towns.The tale of Dante and St. Paul, Crow writes, "gives twenty-first-century desiring to the assumption of the nice fight." this can be an soaking up account of patience, resourcefulness, and eclectic redefinition of luck and neighborhood revival, with ramifications way past Appalachia.