The Pittsburgh mid-20th Century urban-industrial workforce was built on the desperation of European and Slavic immigrants. During the industry’s peak, Pittsburgh was the nation’s eighth largest city. Its distinct neighborhoods–proudly claimed by the city’s largest ethnic groups–became unique reinterpretations of the city itself. These ethnic groups’ traditions and relics remain a vital part of modern Pittsburgh. Amongst the steel, construction, and canned-goods employed neighborhoods were pockets of highbrow intelligence. Professors and students of two nearby universities–the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Institute of Technology, later renamed Carnegie Mellon University–began blurring the lines between immigrant residents and migrant intellectuals. It was here, in 1928, where Andy Warhol, born Andy Warhola, the fourth child of homemaker Julia and coal miner Ondrej Warhola, was born. It was here, in this standard, industrial-American city, that Andy Warhol grew up and studied commercial art.

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