New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 1998 by Princeton U. P. It looks to both conventional historical sources and the literary depiction of accidents in the work of Mark Twain, Stephen Crane and others to explain the ways that Americans make sense of the unexplained.
First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.explain the new ways that Americans began to make sense of the unexplained.
Table of Contents
Introduction 3 (12)
A Clear Showing: The Problem of Fault in 15 (20)
James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers
Negligence before the Mast: Ship Collisions 35 (30)
and the Nautical Literature of the
``Nobody to Blame'': Steamboat Accidents and 65 (33)
Responsibility in Twain
The Law of the Good Samaritan: Cross-Racial 98 (35)
Rescue in Stephen Crane and Charles Chesnutt
Stop, Look, and Listen: The Signs and Signals 133(26)
of the Railroad Accident