The directors of Pittsburgh Plate Glass, which runs a petrochemical plant in DeRidder, have close ties to the local and state governments. At a community meeting in 1987 they pretended not to know how the bayou became polluted, until Lee Sherman—who they ordered to illegally dump the toxic materials and fired when he got sick from them—got on stage and told the crowd the truth.
PPG Management Quotes in Strangers in Their Own Land
The Strangers in Their Own Land quotes below are all either spoken by PPG Management or refer to PPG Management. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the The New Press edition of Strangers in Their Own Land published in 2016.).
PPG Management Character Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land
The timeline below shows where the character PPG Management appears in Strangers in Their Own Land. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 – “One Thing Good”
...safety equipment; a half hour later, “the plant blew up” and five people died. At PPG, this lack of safety equipment was standard—for years, Sherman repaired pipes with his bare hands... (full context)
Lee Sherman tells Hochschild about a public meeting organized to address the contamination. PPG and state officials sat together on stage, telling “about a thousand angry fishermen” that their... (full context)
...man” and claims to be seeking vindication against the government, just like he did against PPG. Both wronged him, Hochschild suggests, but at least PPG gave him a good paycheck and... (full context)
Chapter 3 – The Rememberers
...are dead. Harold and Annette live just downstream from the spot where Lee Sherman dumped PPG’s toxic waste and just across the Bayou d’Inde from the place where three generations of... (full context)
Chapter 4 – The Candidates
Chapter 5 – The “Least Resistant Personality”
Chapter 8 – The Pulpit and the Press: “The Topic Doesn’t Come Up”
Chapter 9 – The Deep Story
...they are siding with big businesses against the government—even Lee Sherman still holds stock in PPG. Finally, Hochschild wonders what kind of “deep story self” sustains the Tea Party’s “extraordinary determination”... (full context)
Chapter 16 – “They Say There Are Beautiful Trees”