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Cause for alarm : the volunteer fire department in the nineteenth-century city

Author: Amy S Greenberg
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1998.
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Amy Greenberg reveals the meaning of this central institution by comparing the fire departments of Baltimore, St. Louis, and San Francisco from the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Cause for Alarm presents a new vision of urban culture, one defined not by class but by gender. Volunteer firefighting united men in a shared masculine celebration of strength and bravery, skill and appearance. Greenberg  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amy S Greenberg
ISBN: 0691016488 9780691016481
OCLC Number: 37917332
Description: x, 233 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Beginning at the Wake --
Paying Tribute --
Manly Boys and Chaste Fire Engines: The Culture of the Volunteer Fire Department --
Fights/Fires: A Glance at Violent Firemen --
Smoke-Filled Rooms: Volunteer Firemen and Political Culture --
Insuring Protection: Fire Insurance and the Era of the Steam Engine --
Deluged and Disgraced --
Conclusion: One Last Eulogy --
Occupational Scale Used for Quantitative Analysis.
Responsibility: Amy S. Greenberg.
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Amy Greenberg reveals the meaning of this central institution by comparing the fire departments of Baltimore, St. Louis, and San Francisco from the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Cause for Alarm presents a new vision of urban culture, one defined not by class but by gender. Volunteer firefighting united men in a shared masculine celebration of strength and bravery, skill and appearance. Greenberg assesses the legitimacy of accusations of violence and political corruption against the firemen in each city, and places the municipalization of firefighting in the context of urban social change, new ideals of citizenship, the rapid spread of fire insurance, and new firefighting technologies.

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