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Cause for Alarm: The Volunteer Fire Department in the Nineteenth-Century City

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Amy Greenberg reveals the meaning of this central institution by comparing the fire departments of Baltimore, St. Louis, and San Francisco from the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Cause for Alarm presents a new vision of urban culture, one defined not by class but by gender. Volunteer firefighting united men in a shared masculine celebration of strength and ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published July 21st 1998 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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there's not enough on this subject (says me), so i will take what i can get. while not nearly as exhaustive as the history of the new york fire department (Our Firemen), Greenberg's book is ripe with all manner of details about antebellum attitudes toward the departments, within the departments (their politics, their morals, etc.), and regarding the threat of fire.

this is a heavy heavy heavy social history. not for the faint of heart, though not so dense you want to scream. maybe not a casual re
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Amy Greenberg is Liberal Arts Research Professor of History and Women's Studies at Penn State. She is a leading scholar of Manifest Destiny and has held fellowships from the Huntington Library, the New York Historical Society, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society. Her previous books include Manifest Manhood, Antebellum American Empire, and Cause for Alarm.
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