Hot Time in the Old Town

The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt

by Edward P. Kohn

Hardcover, 288 pages, Perseus Books Group, List Price: $27.95 | purchase

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Hot Time in the Old Town
Subtitle
The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt
Author
Edward P. Kohn

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Shows how Democrat William Jennings Bryan's hopes for the presidency began to flag amidst the abhorrent heat of 1896 New York just as police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt scrambled to mitigate the dangerously high temperatures.

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As many as 100,000 people were crammed into tenement-style dwellings in New York's Lower East Side in the latter half of the 19th century. The overcrowded, poorly ventilated tenements became ovens during New York's 1896 heat wave, which killed nearly 1,500 people. Above, the yard of a tenement at Park Avene and 107th Street, circa 1900. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs hide caption

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