Americans and Their Weather by William B. Meyer

By William B. Meyer

This revealing publication synthesizes study from many fields to supply the 1st whole heritage of the jobs performed by way of climate and weather in American lifestyles from colonial instances to the current. writer William B. Meyer characterizes climate occasions as impartial phenomena which are inherently neither risks nor assets, yet can turn into both looking on the actions with which they have interaction. Meyer records the ways that other kinds of climate all through background have represented risks and assets not just for such uncovered open air ambitions as agriculture, battle, transportation, development, and sport, yet for different nation-states of existence starting from production to migration to human well-being. He issues out that whereas the elements and weather via themselves have by no means made up our minds the process human occasions, their value as been continually altered for higher and for worse via the evolution of yank lifestyles.

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The early domestic architecture of the Anglo-American South was not simply a generic English type but that of the English regions from which the settlers had come. 46 A number of those features proved happily well-adapted to a warm and humid climate. The West Country chimney, placed at the house end and external to the frame, dispersed the kitchen fire's heat in the severe southern summer. 47 Climates, Cultures, and founding Myths 29 Some climatically useful elements, then, were retained, but climate was not always the reason.

Politics won, and floods from above, hurricanes from the Gulf, and fevers in the hot months became more destructive than before, having more around them to destroy. The Louisiana colony did make some concessions to its environment. Levees begun almost as soon as New Orleans was founded offered some protection from high water. Though the heat was thought deadly and the death rate was indeed high, the settlers devised building forms with features that were at least well-suited to moderating a humid summer's extremes indoors.

7 The drawbacks of a hot climate carried little weight with ambitious men eager to enrich themselves. They worried little about the dangers of laboring in the heat, for they had no intention of laboring themselves. On Virginia and later in seventeenthcentury Carolina as on the West Indies, they imposed institutions and a social order that would shape the South's character for much longer to come. 8 The north was settled mainly by seventeenth-century emigrants from the margins of English society who brought different ideals and institutions to America.

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