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American lucifers : the dark history of artificial light, 1750-1865

American lucifers : the dark history of artificial light, 1750-1865

Author: Jeremy Zallen; ProQuest (Firme)
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
"American lucifers tracks how struggles to produce light transformed American history, beginning with the rise of the American whale fishery in the 1750s and culminating in the emergence, around the Civil War, of the petroleum industry and its primary product, kerosene. Between this shift from oil harvested from whales to oil extracted from rocks, American light was substantially derived from a substance called  Read more...
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Genre/Form: e-books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Zallen, Jeremy.
American lucifers : the dark history of artificial light, 1750-1865.
Chapel Hill : University of NorthCarolina Press, c2019
369 pages
(DLC) 2019002918
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Zallen; ProQuest (Firme)
ISBN: 9781469653327 146965332X 9781469653341 1469653346
OCLC Number: 1131903093
Description: 1 ressource en ligne (369 pages)
Contents: Dragged up hither from the bottom of the sea --
Piney lights --
Dungeons and dragons and gaslights --
Lard lights and the pigpen archipelago --
Lucifer matches and the global violence of phosphorus --
Rock oil, civil war,and industrial slavery interrupted.
Responsibility: by Jeremy Zallen.


From whale oil to kerosene, from the colonial period to the end of the US Civil War, modern, industrial lights brought wonderful improvements and incredible wealth to some. But for most workers, free  Read more...


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