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

Down with the Old Canoe

A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster

Paperback Published: 17th June 2003
ISBN: 9780393316766
Number Of Pages: 300

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"I suggest, henceforth, when a woman talks women's rights, she be answered with the word Titanic, nothing more-just Titanic," wrote a St. Louis man to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was not alone in mining the ship for a metaphor. Everyone 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. Protestant sermons used the Titanic to condemn the budding consumer society ("We know the end of . . . the undisturbed sensualists. As they sail the sea of life we know absolutely that their ship will meet disaster."). African American toasts and working-class ballads made the ship emblematic of the foolishness of white people and the greed of the rich. A 1950s revival framed the disaster as an "older kind of disaster in which people had time to die." An ever-increasing number of Titanic buffs find heroism and order in the tale. Still in the headlines ("Titanic Baby Found Alive " the Weekly World News declares) and a figure of everyday speech ("rearranging deck chairs . . ."), the Titanic disaster echoes within a richly diverse, paradoxical, and fascinating America.

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"STEVEN BIEL'S MASTERFUL cultural analysis ... is brimming over with wit and insight."

Foreword: Nature Jeers at Our Follyp. 3
April 1912p. 9
The Rule of the Sea and Landp. 23
Mammonp. 59
Interword: A Noble Structure of Enduring Stonep. 85
Unknown and Unsungp. 97
A Night to Rememberp. 143
Enthusiastsp. 174
Mission to Destinyp. 203
Afterword: Rearranging Deck Chairsp. 226
List of Abbreviationsp. 235
Notesp. 239
Acknowledgmentsp. 281
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9780393316766
ISBN-10: 0393316769
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 17th June 2003
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 13.87  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1