By David Hackett Fischer
This interesting ebook is the 1st quantity in a projected cultural historical past of the U.S., from the earliest English settlements to our personal time. it's a background of yankee folkways as they've got replaced via time, and it argues a thesis in regards to the significance for the USA of getting been British in its cultural origins.
whereas most folk within the usa at the present time haven't any British ancestors, they've got assimilated local cultures which have been created by way of British colonists, even whereas keeping ethnic identities even as. during this experience, approximately all american citizens are "Albion's Seed," it doesn't matter what their ethnicity might be. The concluding part of this extraordinary booklet explores the ways in which local cultures have persevered to dominate nationwide politics from 1789 to 1988, and nonetheless aid to form attitudes towards schooling, executive, gender, and violence, on which variations among American areas are more than among eu international locations.
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On the one hand, they were plagued by ﬂooding in their homes due to the absence of adequate drainage, while, on the other, they were hard-pressed to secure the clean water they needed to sustain even a minimal standard of decency. Although there was now a consensus that Boston had to do something about water, there was still no agreement as yet on the best source for a central water supply or on how it should be funded and managed. Among several options under discussion, there were two leading contenders.
First of all, the presence of ﬁsh in the pipes persisted. ” This was meant to be an amusing exaggeration, but the situation that prompted it was disconcerting and unacceptable. The ﬁsh were a minor inconvenience compared with Chicago water’s other defects. The river, which by this time was appallingly fouled by 42 Chapter Two slaughterhouses, distilleries, tanneries, tallow renderers, and soap and candle makers, was contaminating the water by the intake. ” Chicago’s new sewerage system—one of the ﬁrst in the nation, constructed in the mid-1850s to counter ﬂooding and cholera— made matters worse.
Other faults beset the system. The capacity of the storage tanks was too small—demand could exhaust them in half an hour. Meanwhile, the wooden pipes began to rot and leak. And, as the canal company’s owners predicted, the works cost far more than expected to build and operate. At the close of 1803, total costs were close to $300,000—and climbing. Meanwhile, revenues were meager. Far fewer Philadelphians had connected to the system than Latrobe had thought would do so. In spite of these problems and all the second-guessing they provoked, the need for the works was so great and the investment already made so considerable that there was no acceptable alternative.
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