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Hot time in the old town [electronic resource] : the great heat wave of 1896 and the making of Theodore Roosevelt / Edward P. Kohn.

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  • ISBN: 9780465022588 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 0465022588 (electronic bk.)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xv, 288 p.)
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2010.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-278) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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 -- Epilogue: 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.
Summary, etc.: 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.
Source of Description Note: Description based on print version record.
Subject: New York (N.Y.) > History > 1865-1898.
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.) > Environmental conditions.
New York (N.Y.) > Social conditions > 19th century.
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925.
New York (N.Y.) > Biography.
Genre: Electronic books.

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