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In the Unlikely Event: Danger and the Transportation Revolution in America

Abstract This study is a cultural history of danger, disaster, and steam-powered transportation in nineteenth-century America. The application of steam power to transportation, a globally transformative innovation, had particular influence in the early United States. A vast American continent with difficult terrain and poor infrastructure posed significant challenges, both to individual mobility and to a nation eager to build an integrated economy, a unified culture, and a functional republican government. Steamboats and locomotives offered an apparent solution, their speed and power seemingly shrinking distances between places and expanding mobility and access across space, a process contemporaries and scholars have described as a sort of space-tim... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Kuenker, Paul (Author) / Gray, Susan (Advisor) / Thompson, Victoria (Committee member) / O'Donnell, Catherine (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject American history / Transportation / Disaster / Steam power / Technology / Transportation
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 357 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation History 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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