By Robert M. Hazen,Margaret Hindle Hazen
"For, Lo! we are living in an Iron Age--In the age of Steam and Fire!" wrote a poet mesmerized via the engines that have been reworking American transportation, agriculture, and in the course of his lifetime. certainly, by means of the 19th century fireplace had develop into America's leitmotif--for stable and for in poor health. "Keeping the flame" was once lethal severe: even the slightest lapse of cognizance may well convert a hearth from pleasant best friend to ravaging destroyer. to ascertain the cultural context of fireside in "combustible America," Margaret Hazen and Robert Hazen assemble greater than 100 illustrations, so much by no means sooner than released, including anecdotes and knowledge from 1000's of unique resources, together with newspapers, diaries, corporation files, renowned fiction, paintings, and song. What effects is an immensely exciting and encyclopedic historical past that levels from tales of the tragic "great fires" of the century to fireside imagery in folktales and well known literature. Dealing extra with expertise than with fireplace in nature, the e-book offers an enormous quantity of knowledge on fireplace manipulation and prevention in city lifestyles. Hazen and Hazen talk about the folk who labored with fire--or opposed to it. Founders, gaffers, blacksmiths, boilers at saltworks, and housewives knew the right way to "read" a hearth and hire it for his or her reasons. a number of committed investigators inquired concerning the clinical nature of warmth and flame. And firefighters progressively stepped forward from "bucket brigades" to "using fireplace to struggle hearth" with the newly invented steam engine. the colourful tales of those Americans--the hazards they took and the rewards they received--will fascinate not just social historians but additionally a wide viewers of common readers.
Originally released in 1992.
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Keepers of the Flame: The Role of Fire in American Culture, 1775-1925 (Princeton Legacy Library) by Robert M. Hazen,Margaret Hindle Hazen