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Keepers of the Flame: The Role of Fire in American Culture, 1775-1925

Keepers of the Flame: The Role of Fire in American Culture, 1775-1925 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Hazen, Robert M.
By Hazen, Margaret Hindle

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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 ravaging destroyer. To examine the cultural context of fire in combustible America, Margaret Hazen and Robert Hazen gather more than a hundred illustrations, most never before published, together with anecdotes and information from hundreds of original sources, including newspapers, diaries, company records, popular fiction, art, and music. What results is an immensely entertaining and encyclopedic history that ranges from stories of the tragic great fires of the century to fire imagery in folktales and popular literature. Dealing more with technology than with fire in nature, the book provides a vast amount of information on fire manipulation and prevention in urban life. Hazen and Hazen discuss the people who worked with fire--or against it. Founders, gaffers, blacksmiths, boilers at saltworks, and housewives knew how to read a fire and employ it for their purposes. A few dedicated investigators inquired about the scientific nature of heat and flame. And firefighters gradually progressed from bucket brigades to using fire to fight fire with the newly invented steam engine. The colorful stories of these Americans--the risks they took and the rewards they received--will fascinate not only social historians but also a broad audience of general readers. Originally published in 1992. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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ISBN 9780691606637
Released NZ 15 Jan 1992
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Alternate Format(s) View All (3 other possible title(s) available)
Language English (translated from: English)
Series Princeton Legacy Library (part: 4578)
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ISBN-13 9780691606637
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 15 Jan 1992
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Hazen, Robert M.
By Hazen, Margaret Hindle
Series Princeton Legacy Library (part: 4578)
Category World History: C 1750 To C 1900
American History
Number of Pages 292
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 15mm
Dewey Code 973.5
Weight 397g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly