By 1838, over two thousand Americans had been killed and many hundreds injured by exploding steam engines on steamboats. After calls for a solution in two State of the Union addresses, a Senate Select Committee met to consider an investigative report from the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia, the first federally funded investigation into a technical.

chapter 101|8 pages

Introduction—The X on the Draft Bill

chapter 1|12 pages

Steamboat Politics and Steamboat Society

chapter 2|21 pages

Steamboat Technology

chapter 4|30 pages

Steamboat Politics and Rhetoric

chapter 5|10 pages

The Law Didn’t Work