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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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The Urban Body and the Body of the City

The Urban Body and the Body of the City

The Sanitary Movement, the Temperance Crusade, and the Water Cure

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City Water, City Life

Carl Smith

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the three immensely popular cultural phenomena that center around water: the sanitary movement, the temperance crusade, and the water cure. All of these groups claimed that water would effectively combat the ills and evils of urban life. These groups argued that cities are dirty, intemperate, and enervating places full of dirty, intemperate, and enervated people. These groups also shared the conviction that the physical wellbeing of city life as a whole and that of the lives within it are all interdependent.

Keywords:   cities, water, sanitary movement, temperance crusade, water cure

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