Down With the Old Canoe

A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster

by Steven Biel

Down With the Old Canoe

Paperback, 300 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $15.95 | purchase

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Explores how the Titanic disaster became an icon for a variety of groups, including suffragists and their opponents, radicals, reformers, capitalists, critics of technology, racists, and xenophobes.

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Titanic: Voyage To The Past

100 Years Later, Titanic Lives On In Letters

Historians write to help us to understand the larger context of an event, and Steven Biel does just that in Down with the Old Canoe, a cultural history of the Titanic that has been reissued to mark the anniversary. In his book, Biel describes the world that brought Titanic into the seas: the hubristic Gilded Age and its overreaching industrial dreams. In fresh and fast-moving prose, he also explores the aftermath — both the press frenzy and the larger political

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