City Water, City Life: Water And The Infrastructure Of Ideas In Urbanizing Philadelphia, Boston…

Paperback | April 8, 2014

byCarl Smith

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A city is more than a massing of citizens, a layout of buildings and streets, or an arrangement of political, economic, and social institutions. It is also an infrastructure of ideas that are a support for the beliefs, values, and aspirations of the people who created the city. In City Water, City Life, celebrated historian Carl Smith explores this concept through an insightful examination of the development of the first successful waterworks systems in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago between the 1790s and the 1860s. By examining the place of water in the nineteenth-century consciousness, Smith illuminates how city dwellers perceived themselves during the great age of American urbanization. But City Water, City Life is more than a history of urbanization. It is also a refreshing meditation on water as a necessity, as a resource for commerce and industry, and as an essential—and central—part of how we define our civilization.

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A city is more than a massing of citizens, a layout of buildings and streets, or an arrangement of political, economic, and social institutions. It is also an infrastructure of ideas that are a support for the beliefs, values, and aspirations of the people who created the city. In City Water, City Life, celebrated historian Carl Smith ...

Carl Smith is the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and professor of history at Northwestern University. His books include three prize-winning volumes: Chicago and the American Literary Imagination, 1880-1920; Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022615159X

ISBN - 13:9780226151595

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1 Introduction: City Water, City Life
2 The River, the Aqueduct, and the Lake: Bringing Water to Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago
3 The Individual and the Collective: Water, Urban Society, and the Public Good
4 Nature and Art: Water and the Reconciliation of the Natural and the Urban
5 The Urban Body and the Body of the City: The Sanitary Movement, the Temperance Crusade, and the Water Cure
6 The Flow of Time
7 Epilogue

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