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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195072389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.001.0001

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THE GREAT BALTIMORE FIRE

THE GREAT BALTIMORE FIRE

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(p.80) 7 THE GREAT BALTIMORE FIRE
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Mencken
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0008

This chapter gives new information about the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, which destroyed more than 140 acres and left 35,000 Baltimoreans jobless. The event ranks with the Chicago fire of 1871 and the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 as among the great disasters of American history. The press was hurt most among all the city's industries, but was the first to recover. One of the newspapers cited for their contributions during the crisis was Mencken's Baltimore Herald. The Baltimore Fire also bound Mencken more strongly to the city of his birth and determined the future course of his career, away from writing poetry and fiction and to the choice he had been struggling to make for himself.

Keywords:   Baltimore Herald, Baltimore Fire, Lynn Meekins, Ellery Sedgewick, firemen

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