Kohn revives a forgotten disaster with his new history of the 1896 New York heat wave. That August the city became one massive, inescapable oven. Horses dropped dead in the street and almost 1300 people died. To make matters worse, it was an election year, and Kohn weaves the local campaign tour of presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan into his narrative. Edward Kohn is a professor of American Studies and Literature at Bilkent University in Turkey. (TenementTalks)
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