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Exploding Steamboats and the Culture of Calamity

Cynthia A. Kierner

in Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469652511
eISBN:
9781469652535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652511.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

The reconceptualization of disasters as recurring phenomena that evoked meaningful public debate came only with the virtual epidemic of steamboat explosions that began in the 1820s. This chapter ... More


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