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Author Hoy, Suellen M.
Title Chasing dirt : the American pursuit of cleanliness / Suellen Hoy.
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.

Author Hoy, Suellen M.
Subject Hygiene -- History.
Sanitation -- United States -- History.
Hygiene -- United States -- History.
Description xiv, 258 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [183]-243) and index.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0195094204
OCLC # 30702167
Table of Contents
 Introduction: Cleanliness First 
Ch. 1Dreadfully Dirty3
  John Wesley, Benjamin Franklin, and Reality3
  The Filthy Farmstead7
  Towns and Cities, Dirty - and Dangerous12
  The Domestic Woman, Agent of Cleanliness15
  Preceptress of Reform: Catharine Beecher19
  Cleanliness, Health, and Virtue: Graham and Alcott23
  Cleanliness as Public Policy: Griscom and Shattuck25
  Sanitary Reform on the Eve of War27
Ch. 2A Wider War29
  Florence Nightingale's Good Example30
  The First Women Volunteers32
  Creating the Sanitary Commission36
  Olmsted Starts Inspecting40
  "A Woman's War"46
  The South and the Freedpeople53
  Bringing Cleanliness Home from the War57
Ch. 3City Cleansing59
  The Sanitary Lessons of the War59
  Epidemics and the Urgency of Water and Sewers62
  George Waring and the Sewering of America66
  Women as Municipal Housekeepers72
  Ada Sweet and a Cleaner Chicago76
  Waring Cleans Up New York City78
  Caroline Bartlett Crane Tests the Waring Model in Kalamazoo81
  Public and Private Cleanliness in the Progressive Era85
Ch. 4The American Way87
  Becoming American87
  Booker T. Washington - Toothbrushes and More89
  To Ellis Island and America92
  Good Neighbors, Good Teachers: The Settlement Workers100
  From Miasmas to Microbes104
  Metropolitan's Health Messengers110
  Americanizing the Immigrant Home113
  African-Americans, Cleanliness, and the Great Migration117
Ch. 5Persuading the Masses123
  Education and Business Team Up123
  From Settlement House to School123
  Philanthropy Changes the South129
  Soap and Water for Modern Health Crusaders133
  Americanizing the Workplace137
  The Business of Cleanliness140
Ch. 6Whiter Than White - and a Glimmer of Green151
  Cleanliness Peaks151
  Housewives as Targets153
  Bathrooms in the Country157
  The War Changed Everything163
  Looking for a "Cleaner Clean"167
  A Glimmer of Green173
 Postscript: Are We as Clean as We Used to Be?179