Sunday, September 17, 2017
Forty years ago Donald Trump was 31 years old and had just bought the first of his many properties in New York City. Forty years ago Hillary Clinton had just married a guy named Bill. And forty years ago Youngstown, Ohio had a population of 150,000. On the morning of September 19, 1977, Youngstown residents were living the American Dream and 5,000 of them were working at the local steel mill. But at the end of the day all 5,000 workers were out of work and northeastern Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania was starting to rust. The owners of the Youngstown steel mill said they had to shut down because they couldn’t compete with the “better steel plant technologies” in China and Japan. It is estimated that during the next two decades more than half a million steel workers and support industry owners and employees lost their jobs and businesses.