Down with the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster (Updated Edition)
“Brimming over with wit and perception. . . . clean and fascinating.”―Dan Rather
each person from suffragists to their competitors; radicals, reformers, and capitalists; critics of know-how and glossy lifestyles; racists and xenophobes and champions of racial and ethnic equality; editorial writers and folks singers, preachers and poets stumbled on ethical and cultural classes within the sinking of the Titanic.
In a brand new version that either commemorates the only hundredth anniversary of the catastrophe and elaborates, in a revised afterword, at the ship's endured influence at the public mind's eye (evidenced through the Titanic mania evoked via James Cameron's 1997 film), Steven Biel explores the Titanic in all its complexity and contradictions. sixteen pages of black-and-white photos and illustrations
Washington keep away from, the millionaire financier of San Francisco, pronounced that there has been “no panic of any description, excepting the steering. I observed frenzied males shot down via officials as they attempted to struggle their method right into a lifeboat. That was once the one outbreak I saw.” stay clear of then praised significant Butt and Colonel Astor for his or her heroism. A survivor from ny famous that “[e]verybody within the first and moment cabin[s] behaved wonderfully. The participants of the workforce additionally behaved magnificently. yet a few.
they don't seem to be chronicled, and no newspaper has columns on their self-sacrifice and private braveness. yet we all know these items have been real, and we will be able to endure testimony now to each courageous guy who perished within the guidance, no matter if we knew no longer his name.” The United Press truly did discover a name—Nadji Narsani, an “Armenian peasant”—and defined him as equivalent in heroism to Astor. A columnist for the yankee journal went additional by way of at once tough the declare that “Anglo-Saxon braveness” used to be “far.
The mammoth catastrophe and its chivalric delusion to their very own reasons. relocating past the decision for particular reforms pertaining to velocity, the availability of lifeboats, and instant transmissions, they learn the catastrophe as a lesson within the have to expand protecting laws to hide all facets of yankee lifestyles. To feminists memorializing the sizeable intended greater than paying lasting tribute to the “noble altruism” of the first-cabin heroes. a few approved the chivalric fable yet defined it because the exception.
“curious coincidences,” “mistaken bills and planned hoaxes,” “phenomena attached with W. T. Stead” (famous on the time for his explorations of the paranormal), “possible psychic phenomena,” and “probable psychic phenomena.” pushing aside “an uncritical, fanatical trust in paranormal phenomena,” Behe additionally rejected “the angle of the dyed-in-the-wool sceptic.” He submitted all of the money owed to serious research earlier than concluding that sufficient witnesses heard approximately people’s fears and nightmares.
(New York: unfastened Press, 1979), forty nine. 25. Wilkinson, “Nightmare of April 14,” three; “Down to the Sea,” 19. See additionally Katherine Gauss Jackson, “Books in Brief,” Harper’s, January 1956, ninety two, “Briefly Noted,” the recent Yorker, December three, 1955, 213, and Harriet Forbes Burdick, “A evening to Remember,” Library magazine, October 15, 1955, 2235. 26. Davis, longing for the day before today, forty five; “Down to the Sea,” 19. 27. “Disaster of the Century,” Time, February thirteen, 1956, ninety eight. 28. Anthony F. C. Wallace, Human habit in.