ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — In the 1960s, Lehigh Valley high school graduates had a lot of options.
Manufacturers such as Air Products, Ingersoll Rand and Bethlehem Steel offered well-paying jobs that promised a route to the middle class.
"You would expect to go get a job, get married, have kids, get a pension one day and everyone would be fat, dumb and happy," said Frank Behum, who worked at Bethlehem Steel for more than three decades before retiring in 1997, months before the company went under.Nothing really replaced those jobs. They required hard work under sometimes grueling conditions, but they paid […]
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