Exploding Steamboats, Senate Debates, and Technical Reports: The Convergence of Technology, Politics, and Rhetoric in the Steamboat Bill of 1838, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Exploding Steamboats, Senate Debates, and Technical Reports

The Convergence of Technology, Politics, and Rhetoric in the Steamboat Bill of 1838, 1st Edition

By R. John Brockmann

Routledge

158 pages

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By 1838, over two thousand Americans had been killed and many hundreds injured by exploding steam engines on steamboats. After calls for a solution in two State of the Union addresses, a Senate Select Committee met to consider an investigative report from the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia, the first federally funded investigation into a technical.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1. Steamboat Politics and Steamboat Society

New York Harbor, May 15, 1824, 7:00 PM

Four Days Later—Washington City, May 19, 1824

CHAPTER 2. Steamboat Technology

High-Pressure Steam Engines and Hulls that Ride On the Water

What Could Go Wrong with the Boiler Technology

Problems Operating a Problem-Prone Technology

February 24, 1830, Memphis Tennessee, Early Morning

Washington City, May 4, 1830—Two and a Half Months Later

CHAPTER 3. Steamboats, The Presidency, and Public Opinion

Red River, May 19, 1833, Early on a Spring Sunday Morning

December 3, 1833—President Jackson’s State of the Union Message to Congress

But What About the Public Pressure for Steamboat Safety?

The Franklin Institute Reports—A Reasoned Technical Response to Catastrophe

Traditional Technical Writing of the Era—Communications Received by the Committee of

the Franklin Institute on the Explosion of Steam Boilers (1832)

Report of the Committee of the Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania for the

Promotion of the Mechanic Arts, on the Explosions of Steam-Boilers, Part I, Containing

the First Report of Experiments Made by the Committee for the Treasury Department of

the U. States (1836)

General Report on the Explosions of Steam-Boilers by a Committee of the Franklin Institute

of the State of Pennsylvania for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts (1837)

Report of the Committee of the Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania for the

Promotion of the Mechanic Arts, on the Explosions of Steam-Boilers Made at the

Request of the Treasury Department of the United States, Part II, Containing the Report

of the Sub-Committee to Whom Was Referred the Examination of the Strength of

Materials Employed in the Construction of Steam Boilers (1837)

Contemporaneous Reactions to the Institute Reports in the Scientific Community: Hales’s

Open Letter to Grundy, Locke’s Cincinnati Report, and Steam Textbooks by Renwick

and Ward

Contemporaneous Reactions to Institute’s Reports by Those Most Directly Involved:

Steamboat Inspectors, Engineers, and Firemen

The Gold Dust Fire

Chapter 37. The End of the “Gold Dust”

Chapter 20. A Catastrophe

CHAPTER 4. Steamboat Politics and Rhetoric

May 11, 1837, Thirty Miles South of Natchez

A Brief Coincidence of Political Interests

The Select Committee

The Initial Proposed Bill in December 1837

The Bill Reported Out of Committee

CHAPTER 5. The Law Didn’t Work

GLOSSARY

APPENDIX 1. Comparing the Four Legislative Attempts

INDEX

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health