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Petrolia: The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom (Creating the North American Landscape)

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In Petrolia, Brian Black offers a geographical and social history of a region that was not only the site of America's first oil boom but was also the world's largest oil producer between 1859 and 1873. Against the background of the growing demand for petroleum throughout and immediately following the Civil War, Black describes Oil Creek Valley's descent into environmental hell. Known as "Petrolia," the region charged the popular imagination with its nearly overnight transition from agriculture to industry. But so unrestrained were these early efforts at oil drilling, Black writes, that "the landscape came to be viewed only as an instrument out of which one could extract crude." In a very short time, Petrolia was a ruined place — environmentally, economically, and to some extent even culturally. Black gives historical detail and analysis to account for this transformation.

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The tapping of the first commercial oil well by Edwin Drake and Billy Smith in 1859 set off an exploitative boom of industrial development reminiscent of the gold rush. This text offers a geographical and social history of the Petrolia region - the world's largest oil producer from 1859 to 1873.

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ISBN:
9780801877322
Editor:
Muller, Edward K.
Editor:
Schuyler, David
Editor:
Muller, Edward K.
Editor:
Schuyler, David
Author:
Black, Brian
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Petroleum
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Creating the North American Landscape
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.20x6.08x.63 in. .88 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The tapping of the first commercial oil well by Edwin Drake and Billy Smith in 1859 set off an exploitative boom of industrial development reminiscent of the gold rush. This text offers a geographical and social history of the Petrolia region - the world's largest oil producer from 1859 to 1873.
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