Hot Time in the Old Town

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-07-12
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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One of the worst natural disasters in American history, the 1896 New York City heat wave killed almost 1,500 people in ten oppressively hot days. The heat coincided with a pitched presidential contest between William McKinley and upstart Democrat William Jennings Bryan, who arrived in New York at the height of the catastrophe. Showing how Bryan's hopes for the presidency began to flag just as a bright, young police commissioner named Theodore Roosevelt was scrambling to aid the city's poor, Hot Time in the Old Townvividly captures both the birth of the Progressive Era and one of New York's greatest--yet least-remembered--tragedies.

Author Biography

Edward P. Kohn is Assistant Professor of American History and Chair of the American Culture and Literature Department at Bilkent University. His previous works include This Kindred People. He lives in Ankara, Turkey.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Heated Termp. ix
Introduction: Fighting for Airp. 1
Cholera Infantiump. 33
Slaughter Alleyp. 69
Enemy's Countryp. 95
Inferno of Brick and Stonep. 127
Bryan Fell with a Bangp. 155
Strange and Pathetic Scenesp. 183
Conclusion: A Phenomenonp. 215
Epilogue: Hot Time in the Old Townp. 245
Postscriptp. 257
Acknowledgmentsp. 259
Death Certificates Filed, August 4-17, 1895 and 1896p. 261
Who Died: Manhattan, Tuesday, August IIp. 263
Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 279
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