Exploding Steamboats, Senate Debates, and Technical Reports: The Convergence of Technology, Politics, and Rhetoric in the Steamboat Bill of 1838

1st Edition

R. John Brockmann

Routledge
Published January 10, 2019
Reference - 158 Pages
ISBN 9780415404112 - CAT# Y318613
Series: Baywood's Technical Communications

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Summary

By 1838, over two thousand Americans had been killed and many hundreds injured by exploding steam engines on steamboats. After calls for a solution in two State of the Union addresses, a Senate Select Committee met to consider an investigative report from the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia, the first federally funded investigation into a technical.

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