The Sanitary City: Environmental Services in Urban America from Colonial Times to the Present

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University of Pittsburgh Pre, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 354 pages
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Immersed in their on-demand, highly consumptive, and disposable lifestyles, most urban Americans take for granted the technologies that provide them with potable water, remove their trash, and process their wastewater. These vital services, however, are the byproduct of many decades of development by engineers, sanitarians, and civic planners. 

In The Sanitary City, Martin V. Melosi assembles a comprehensive, thoroughly researched and referenced history of sanitary services in urban America. He examines the evolution of water supply, sewage systems, and solid waste disposal during three distinct eras: The Age of Miasmas (pre-1880); The Bacteriological Revolution (1880-1945); and The New Ecology (1945 to present-day). 

Originally published in 2000, this abridged edition includes updated text and bibliographic materials. The Sanitary City is an essential resource for those interested in environmental history, environmental engineering, science and technology, urban studies, and public health.



Winner of:
George Perkins Marsh Prize from the American Society for Environmental History Urban History Association Prize for the best book in North American Urban History
Abel Wolman Prize from the Public Works Historical Society
Sidney Edelstein Prize from the Society for the History of Technology

  

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Marvin Melosi's The Sanitary City presents the ongoing attempt by Americans to create a "sanitary city" by devising methods of water supply, and wastewater and solid waste removal. The Sanitary City's ... Read full review

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A magnificent account of how American cities developed systems to free their populations of the dangers of epidemic disease even as the cities grew in size and density. This edition is abridged from ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
THE AGE OF MIASMAS From Colonial Times to 1880
9
Sanitation Practices in PreChadwickian America
11
Bringing the Serpents Tail into the Serpents Mouth EDWIN CHADWICK AND THE SANITARY IDEA IN ENGLAND
28
The Sanitary Idea Crosses the Atlantic
40
Pure and Plentiful FROM PROTOSYSTEM TO MODERN WATERWORKS 18301880
50
Subterranean Networks WASTEWATER SYSTEMS AS WORKS IN PROGRESS 18301880
61
THE BACTERIOLOGICAL REVOLUTION 18801945
69
The Orphan Child of Sanitary Engineering REFUSE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL 19201945
158
THE NEW ECOLOGY 19452000s
169
The Challenge of Suburban Sprawl and the Urban Crisis in the Age of Ecology 19451970
171
A Time of Unease THE WATER CRISIS IN AN EFFLUENT SOCIETY 19451970
180
Beyond Their Limits DECAYING SEWERS OVERFLOWS AND FOAMING PLANTS 19451970
192
Solid Waste as Third Pollution 19451970
200
From Earth Day to Infrastructure Crisis FORCES SHAPING THE NEW SANITARY CITY
210
Beyond Broken Pipes and Tired Treatment Plants WATER SUPPLY WASTEWATER AND POLLUTION SINCE 1970
225

On the Cusp of the New Public Health BACTERIOLOGY ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION AND THE QUEST FOR PERMANENCE 18801920
71
Water Supply as a Municipal Enterprise 18801920
82
Battles at Both Ends of the Pipe SEWERAGE SYSTEMS AND THE NEW HEALTH PARADIGM 18801920
97
The Third Pillar Of Sanitary Services THE RISE OF PUBLIC REFUSE MANAGEMENT 18801920
113
The Great Depression World War II and Public Works 19201945
129
Water Supply as a National Issue THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EXPANSION OF SERVICE AND THE THREAT OF POLLUTION 19201945
135
Sewerage Treatment and the Broadening Viewpoint 19201945
147
Out of State Out of Mind THE GARBAGE CRISIS IN AMERICA
240
Epilogue
259
ABBREVIATIONS
265
N0TES
267
BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAY
333
INDEX
343
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About the author (2008)

Martin V. Melosi is Distinguished University Professor of History and director of the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. He is the author or editor of fourteen books, including Energy Metropolis: An Environmental History of Houston and the Gulf Coast; Garbage in the Cities: Refuse, Reform, and the Environment; and Effluent America: Cities, Industry, Energy, and the Environment.

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