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Incessance

Incessance

Chapter:
(p.119) Chapter 7 Incessance
Source:
In the Watches of the Night
Author(s):
Peter C. Baldwin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226036038.003.0007

This chapter examines the incessant or non-stop night work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the mid- to late-1800s. It explains that the spectacle of late nineteenth-century Pittsburgh was created by the emergence of large-scale industries, operating incessantly, in the decades after the Civil War. It describes the non-stop production operation in oil refineries, rail yards, glass houses, and iron and steel mills throughout the Pittsburgh region. This chapter also discusses the experiences and conditions of the night workers.

Keywords:   night work, pittsburgh, large-scale industries, oil refineries, glass houses, rail yards, steel mills

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