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Hometown

Hometown is Hamilton in a 1982 book by Peter Davis. The complete title of the book -- published by Simon and Schuster of New York -- is Hometown, A Contemporary American Chronicle. Davis said his purpose was "to understand America by going into one community and penetrating its society as deeply and widely as possible." He was directed to Hamilton, Ohio, by Richard L. Forestall, then the chief of the Demographic Statistics Branch of the Population Division of the U. S. Census Bureau. The dustjacket says "Hometown is an intimate account of six years in the life of Hamilton" and claims Davis "has mapped the passions of one American town and the conflicts and harmonies that unite and divide the townspeople."


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