Petrolia The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom

ISBN-10: 0801877326

ISBN-13: 9780801877322

Edition: 2000

Authors: Brian Black

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In Petrolia, Brian Black offers a geographical and social history of a region that was not only the site of America's first oil boom but was also the world's largest oil producer between 1859 and 1873. Against the background of the growing demand for petroleum throughout and immediately following the Civil War, Black describes Oil Creek Valley's descent into environmental hell. Known as "Petrolia," the region charged the popular imagination with its nearly overnight transition from agriculture to industry. But so unrestrained were these early efforts at oil drilling, Black writes, that "the landscape came to be viewed only as an instrument out of which one could extract crude." In a very short time, Petrolia was a ruined place -- environmentally, economically, and to some extent even culturally. Black gives historical detail and analysis to account for this transformation.
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 10/21/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Persistence of Oil on the Brain
"A Good Time Coming for Whales"
"A Triumph of Individualism"
The Sacrificial Landscape of Petrolia
Oil Creek as Industrial Apparatus
"What Nature Intended This Place Should Be"
Pithole: Boomtowns and the "Drawing Board City"
Delusions of Permanence
Epilogue: The Legacy of Petrolia
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