Carl Smith: City Water, City Life

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Rhoden Arts Center
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
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In City Water, City Life, historian and author Carl Smith explores the development of the first successful waterworks systems in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago between the 1790s and the 1860s. Smith shows how the discussion, design, and use of waterworks reveal how Americans framed their conceptions of urban democracy and how they understood the natural and built environments, individual health and the well-being of society, and the qualities of time and history.

Smith is the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English & American Studies at Northwestern University.

This program is presented with the Philadelphia Water Works.