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Eating smoke : fire in urban America, 1800-1950

Author: Mark Tebeau
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2003] ©2003
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Tebeau, Mark.
Eating smoke
(DLC) 2002151370
(OCoLC)50803699
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Tebeau
ISBN: 9781421412504 1421412500
OCLC Number: 861693010
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 425 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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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By comparing the simple skills employed by firefighters-climbing ladders and manipulating hoses-with the mundane technologies-maps and accounting charts-of insurers, the author demonstrates that the  Read more...

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