Austin Davis ’23 is an aspiring History concentrator from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hoping to acquire certificates in Urban Studies and Ethnographic studies. A history lover since he was young, Austin has increasingly connected his research to an urban context, including topics relating to social life, historical memory, and urban renewal. Outside of academics, Austin is the Undergraduate Student Government Historian, a Programs for Access and Inclusion Community Ambassador, a Matriculate advisor, and quizbowler. Austin is also a proud member of Forbes College. He wrote this essay as a first-year. 

Caroline Bailey ’20 is from Palo Alto, CA, and she is an English concentrator with certificates in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Her research interests include postmodern American literature, the history of the English language, and the use of constructed languages in fiction. Outside of working for the Writing Center and the Tortoise, Caroline is involved with diSiac Dance Company, a student dance group specializing in hip-hop and contemporary dance. She wrote this as a senior. 

Spring 2020, Starting a Paper

“Pity the Poor Working Girl”: Nylons, Work, Class, Ideology, and Politics in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1945-46

In a Tortoiseshell: Austin Davis’s “Pity the Poor Working Girl” looks into the Pittsburgh Nylon Riots, which rocked the city shortly after the end of WWII, and examines how this event exemplified broader tensions that were at play in the city and nation at large. This excerpt from the first several pages of the essay is a strong introduction that describes the event, clarifies its relevance, and transitions smoothly into Davis’s thesis.

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