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All the Modern Conveniences: American Household Plumbing, 1840-1890

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As any American who has traveled abroad knows, the American home contains more, and more elaborate, plumbing than any other in the world. Indeed, Americans are renowned for their obsession with cleanliness. Although plumbing has occupied a central position in American life since the mid-nineteenth century, little scholarly attention has been paid to its history. Now, in All the Modern Conveniences, Maureen Ogle presents a fascinating study that explores the development of household plumbing in nineteenth-century America.

Until 1840, indoor plumbing could be found only in mansions and first-class hotels. Then, in the decade before midcentury, Americans representing a wider range of economic circumstances began to install household plumbing with increasing eagerness. Ogle draws on a wide assortment of contemporary sources — sanitation reports, builders' manuals, fixture catalogues, patent applications, and popular scientific tracts — to show how the demand for plumbing was prompted more by an emerging middle-class culture of convenience, reform, and domestic life than by fears about poor hygiene and inadequate sanitation. She also examines advancements in water-supply and waste-management technology, the architectural considerations these amenities entailed, and the scientific approach to sanitation that began to emerge by century's end.

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"As part of this well-researched study, Maureen Ogle links cities, politicians, systems, sanitarians, and ideas to produce a compelling account of household plumbing — a taken-for-granted set of devices that allowed Americans to express their individualism and their commitment to 'science.'" Mark H. Rose, Florida Atlantic University

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"An essential perspective on the modern world....The text offers an abundance of detailed information on the development of tubs, showers, toilets, and sinks....Goes well beyond any provious account in delineating how fresh and waste water systems had an impact on domestic life in the mid-nineteenth century." American Studies International

Synopsis:

A study that explores the development of household plumbing in 19th-century America. Maureen Ogle draws on a wide assortment of contemporary sources such as sanitation reports, builders' manuals, fixture catalogues, patent applications and popular scientific tracts.

About the Author

Maureen Ogle is former assistant professor of history at the University of South Alabama.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801863707
Author:
Ogle, Maureen
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Plumbing
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself - Plumbing
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.03x6.03x.74 in. .75 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Johns Hopkins University Press - English 9780801863707 Reviews:
"Review" by , "As part of this well-researched study, Maureen Ogle links cities, politicians, systems, sanitarians, and ideas to produce a compelling account of household plumbing — a taken-for-granted set of devices that allowed Americans to express their individualism and their commitment to 'science.'"
"Review" by , "An essential perspective on the modern world....The text offers an abundance of detailed information on the development of tubs, showers, toilets, and sinks....Goes well beyond any provious account in delineating how fresh and waste water systems had an impact on domestic life in the mid-nineteenth century."
"Synopsis" by , A study that explores the development of household plumbing in 19th-century America. Maureen Ogle draws on a wide assortment of contemporary sources such as sanitation reports, builders' manuals, fixture catalogues, patent applications and popular scientific tracts.
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