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Author Kohn, Edward P. (Edward Parliament), 1968-
Title Hot time in the old town : the great heat wave of 1896 and the making of Theodore Roosevelt / Edward P. Kohn
Publisher New York : Basic Books, c2010
 Rodman Main Adult  974.71 K79    AVAILABLE
Descript xv, 288 p. ; 25 cm
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-278) and index
Summary The 1896 New York heat wave that killed almost 1,500 people in ten oppressively hot days 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
Contents Prologue: The heated term -- Introduction: Fighting for air -- Cholera infantium -- Slaughter Alley -- Enemy's country -- Inferno of brick and stone -- Bryan fell with a bang -- Strange and pathetic scenes -- Conclusion: A phenomenon -- Epilogu: Hot time in the old town -- Postscript -- Appendix A: Death certificates filed, August 4-17, 1895 and 1896 -- Appendix B: Who died : Manhattan, Tuesday, August 11
Subject Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Heat waves (Meteorology) -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century
Heat waves (Meteorology) -- Social aspects -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century
Mortality -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1865-1898
New York (N.Y.) -- Environmental conditions
New York (N.Y.) -- Social conditions -- 19th century
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography
ISBN 9780465013364

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