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Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt

Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt

by Edward P Kohn

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One of the worst natural disasters in American history, the 1896 New York heat wave killed almost 1,500 people in ten oppressively hot days. The heat coincided with a pitched presidential contest between William McKinley and the upstart Democrat William Jennings Bryan, who arrived in New York City at the height of the catastrophe. As historian Edward P. Kohn shows, Bryan's hopes for the presidency began to flag amidst the abhorrent heat just as a bright young police commissioner named Theodore Roosevelt was scrambling to mitigate the dangerously high temperatures by hosing down streets and handing out ice to the poor.

A vivid narrative that captures the birth of the progressive era, Hot Time in the Old Town revives the forgotten disaster that almost destroyed a great American city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465024285
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Edward P. Kohn is Assistant Professor of American History and Chair of the American Culture and Literature Department at Bilkent University in Turkey. He earned his Ph.D. from McGill University. The author of Hot Time in the Old Town and This Kindred People, Kohn has been named a top young historian by History News Network.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Heated Term ix

Introduction: Fighting for Air 1

I Cholera Infantium 33

II Slaughter Alley 69

III Enemy's Country 95

IV Inferno of Brick and Stone 127

V Bryan Fell with a Bang 155

VI Strange and Pathetic Scenes 183

Conclusion: A Phenomenon 215

Epilogue: Hot Time in the Old Town 245

Postscript 257

Acknowledgments 259

Appendix A Death Certificates Filed, August 4-17, 1895 and 1896 261

Appendix B Who Died: Manhattan, Tuesday, August II 263

Bibliography 269

Index 279

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