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City Water, City LifeWater and the Infrastructure of Ideas in Urbanizing Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago$
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Carl Smith

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226022512

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226022659.001.0001

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City Water, City Life

(p.1) 1 Introduction
City Water, City Life

Carl Smith

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explains that water is the most important resource to people. Its purpose goes beyond drinking as it also encompasses the areas of cooking, sanitation, and transportation. This introduction explains how Americans living in leading cities meditated on water in the formative period of this country's great age of urbanization. It focuses on the establishment of water supply systems in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago, which took place within the 1790s and 1860s, while exploring how people thought and spoke about urbanization as they themselves participated in it.

Keywords:   water, cities, urbanization, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia

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