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All the Modern Conveniences: American Household Plumbing, 1840-1890

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As any American who has traveled abroad knows, the American home contains more, and more elaborate, plumbing than any other in the world. Indeed, Americans are renowned for their obsession with cleanliness. Although plumbing has occupied a central position in American life since the mid-nineteenth century, little scholarly attention has been paid to its history. Now, in Al ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 3rd 2000 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Mike Hankins
The history of plumbing! Which is more interesting than you'd think.

Ogle is essentially applying Hughes ideas (From 'Networks of Power') about large systems being a product of cultural assumptions and trends. She shows how the idea of plumbing is related to early American values of privacy (in the sense of, non-government interference) and small government, and later towards the end of the 19th century, changes to create modern indoor plumbing and sewer systems as the ideas about the role of gov
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Historian, author. World-class ranter (at least in my own mind). (And who else's mind should count??)

More info at maureenogle.com; lots of info; probably more than you want.

Voracious reader for over a half century (yeah, I'm old). I say, with no fear of exaggeration, that reading made my nightmarish childhood tolerable. Don't ask me to imagine a world without books; the idea is too terrifying, too
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