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Chasing dirt : the American pursuit of cleanliness

Author: Suellen M Hoy
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 'Chasing Dirt', Suellen Hoy provides a colourful history of the remarkable transformation from "dreadfully dirty" to "cleaner than clean," ranging from the pre-Civil War era to the 1950s, when American's obsession with cleanliness reached its peak.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Suellen M Hoy
ISBN: 1429400161 9781429400169 9786610529278 6610529272 128052927X 9781280529276 0195354850 9780195354850
OCLC Number: 1108954397
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (289 pages)
Contents: INTRODUCTION: Cleanliness First; CHAPTER ONE: Dreadfully Dirty; John Wesley, Benjamin Franklin, and Reality; The Filthy Farmstead; Towns and Cities, Dirty-and Dangerous; The Domestic Woman, Agent of Cleanliness; Preceptress of Reform: Catharine Beecher; Cleanliness, Health, and Virtue: Graham and Alcott; Cleanliness as Public Policy: Griscom and Shattuck; Sanitary Reform on the Eve of War; CHAPTER TWO: A Wider War; Florence Nightingale's Good Example; The First Women Volunteers; Creating the Sanitary Commission; Olmsted Starts Inspecting; ""A Woman's War"" The South and the FreedpeopleBringing Cleanliness Home from the War; CHAPTER THREE: City Cleansing; The Sanitary Lessons of the War; Epidemics and the Urgency of Water and Sewers; George Waring and the Sewering of America; Women as Municipal Housekeepers; Ada Sweet and a Cleaner Chicago; Waring Cleans Up New York City; Caroline Bartlett Crane Tests the Waring Model in Kalamazoo; Public and Private Cleanliness in the Progressive Era; CHAPTER FOUR: The American Way; Becoming American; Booker T. Washington-Toothbrushes and More; To Ellis Island and America Good Neighbors, Good Teachers: The Settlement WorkersFrom Miasmas to Microbes; Metropolitan's Health Messengers; Americanizing the Immigrant Home; African-Americans, Cleanliness, and the Great Migration; CHAPTER FIVE: Persuading the Masses; Education and Business Team Up; From Settlement House to School; Philanthropy Changes the South; Soap and Water for Modern Health Crusaders; Americanizing the Workplace; The Business of Cleanliness; CHAPTER SIX: Whiter Than White-and a Glimmer of Green; Cleanliness Peaks; Housewives as Targets; Bathrooms in the Country; The War Changed Everything Looking for a ""Cleaner Clean""A Glimmer of Green; POSTSCRIPT: Are We as Clean as We Used to Be?; NOTES; INDEX; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y
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In 'Chasing Dirt', Suellen Hoy provides a colourful history of the remarkable transformation from "dreadfully dirty" to "cleaner than clean," ranging from the pre-Civil War era to the 1950s, when American's obsession with cleanliness reached its peak.

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