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Eating smoke : fire in urban America, 1800-1950

Author: Mark Tebeau
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Shows how the changing practices of firefighters, the strategies of insurers, and the rise of urban building codes eventually combined to conquer the popular fear of fire while also shaping the built landscape of American cities."--Cover.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Tebeau, Mark.
Eating smoke.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)607055549
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Tebeau
ISBN: 0801867916 9780801867910
OCLC Number: 50803699
Description: xi, 425 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The problem of fire --
I: Smoke --
Workshops of democracy: the invention of volunteer firefighting --
The business of safety: the American fire insurance industry, 800-1850 --
II: Fire --
Statistics, maps, and morals: making fire risk objective, 1850-1875 --
Muscle and steam: establishing municipal fire departments, 1850-1875 --
III: Water --
Disciplining the city: everyday practice and mapping risk, 1875-1900 --
Becoming heroes: a new standard for urban fire safety, 1875-1900 --
IV: Paper --
Consuming safety: fire prevention and fire risk in the twentieth century --
Eating smoke: rational heroes in the twentieth century --
Fighting fire in postwar America.
Responsibility: Mark Tebeau.
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The author shows how the changing practices of firefighters and insurers shaped the built landscape of US cities, the growth of municipal institutions and the experience of urban life. He contrasts  Read more...

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