Down with the Old Canoe : A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster
by Steven Biel


Overview - "The R.M.S. Titanic . . . still generates headlines," observed John Updike in an October 1996 New Yorker. Two months later Time magazine noted "a new storm of Titanic mania," and Newsweek an "outbreak of Titanic fever." The New York Times called it "the ship that won't stay sunk." In Down with the Old Canoe, Steven Biel offers a provocative cultural history of what may be America's most popular disaster. He explains how people of every stripe found ammunition in the Titanic suffragists and their opponents; radicals, reformers, and capitalists; critics of technology and modern life; racists and xenophobes and champions of racial and ethnic equality; editorial writers and folk singers, preachers and poets and he maps the ship's changing significance from past to present. "Dr. Biel expertly sifts the shifting interpretations of successive generations," says Dan Rather. "Down with the Old Canoe marks the emergence of a major talent in history writing."

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Overview
"The R.M.S. Titanic . . . still generates headlines," observed John Updike in an October 1996 New Yorker. Two months later Time magazine noted "a new storm of Titanic mania," and Newsweek an "outbreak of Titanic fever." The New York Times called it "the ship that won't stay sunk." In Down with the Old Canoe, Steven Biel offers a provocative cultural history of what may be America's most popular disaster. He explains how people of every stripe found ammunition in the Titanic suffragists and their opponents; radicals, reformers, and capitalists; critics of technology and modern life; racists and xenophobes and champions of racial and ethnic equality; editorial writers and folk singers, preachers and poets and he maps the ship's changing significance from past to present. "Dr. Biel expertly sifts the shifting interpretations of successive generations," says Dan Rather. "Down with the Old Canoe marks the emergence of a major talent in history writing."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393316766
  • ISBN-10: 0393316769
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: June 2003
  • Page Count: 300
  • Dimensions: 8.44 x 5.46 x 0.84 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.81 pounds


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