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Published: 16 January 1997

272 Pages | 16 pp halftones


ISBN: 9780195111286

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Chasing Dirt

The American Pursuit of Cleanliness

Suellen Hoy

  • "[A] sprightly and informative account of American cleanliness."—The New Republic
  • An engaging history of America's transformation from "dreadfully dirty" to "squeaky clean"
  • Ranges from the early (and malodorous) 19th century to the "cleaner than clean" 1950s
  • Provides vivid portraits of the men and especially the women who helped America come clean