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Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt

Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt

One of the worst natural disasters in American history, the 1896 New York heat wave killed almost 1,500 people in ten oppressively hot days. The heat coincided with a pitched presidential contest between William McKinley and the upstart Democrat William Jennings Bryan, who arrived in New York City at the height of the catastrophe.

PROLOGUE: THE HEATED TERM

INTRODUCTION: FIGHTING FOR AIR

Chapter 1. CHOLERA INFANTIUM

Chapter 2. SLAUGHTER ALLEY

Chapter 3. ENEMY’S COUNTRY

Chapter 4. INFERNO OF BRICK AND STONE

Chapter 5. BRYAN FELL WITH A BANG

Chapter 6. STRANGE AND PATHETIC SCENES

CONCLUSION: A PHENOMENON

EPILOGUE: HOT TIME IN THE OLD TOWN

Profiles of Some of the August 11 Heat Victims

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