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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Flame, Furnace, Fuel: Creating Kansas City in the Nineteenth Century
by Dell, Twyla, Ph.D., Antioch University, 2009, 505; 10805828
Abstract (Summary)

Though this work is a fuel and energy history of Kansas City from 1820 to 1920, it also provides a tool to describe and analyze fuel and energy transitions. The four parts follow the rise and fall of wood, coal and oil as their use grows to a peak and, in the case of wood, declines. The founding and growth of Kansas City as an “instant city” that grew from zero population to over three hundred twenty thousand in a hundred years embodies the increased use of fuels and energy in an urban setting and serves as a case study. This work differentiates between these two elements throughout the one-hundred-year-history to offer a clarification in terminology and theory. The narrative begins in the Wood age, continues to the peak of the Coal Age and introduces the Oil Age as it was to 1920.

Indexing (document details)
Commitee: Maltz, Alesia, Ph.D., Melosi, Martin V., Ph.D., Webler, Thomas N., Ph.D.
School: Antioch University
Department: Environmental Studies
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, Environmental Studies
Keywords: Energy history, Environmental history, Fuel history, Instant cities, Missouri, Urban history, Wood age
Publication Number: 10805828
ISBN: 978-0-355-83459-8
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