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Keepers of the flame : the role of fire in American culture, 1775-1925

Author: Margaret Hindle Hazen; Robert M Hazen
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1992.
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"For, Lo! We live in an Iron Age - In the age of Steam and Fire!" wrote a poet mesmerized by the engines that were transforming American transportation, agriculture, and industry during his lifetime. Indeed, by the nineteenth century fire had become America's leitmotif - for good and for ill. "Keeping the flame" was deadly serious: even the slightest lapse of attention could convert a fire from friendly ally to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Hindle Hazen; Robert M Hazen
ISBN: 0691048096 9780691048093 0691006245 9780691006246
OCLC Number: 25629321
Description: x, 281 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Heritage of Flame --
Ch. 2. Good Servant --
Ch. 3. Bad Master --
Ch. 4. Fighting Back --
Ch. 5. Keep the Home Fires Burning: Fire Tending and Maintenance --
Ch. 6. Understanding Fire --
Ch. 7. Perpetuating the Flame --
Ch. 8. Epilogue.
Responsibility: Margaret Hindle Hazen and Robert M. Hazen.
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Reflecting America's obsession with fire, this encyclopaedic reference work uses anecdotes and material gathered from newspapers, diaries, company records, fiction and music to convey fire imagery in  Read more...

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