ch. 1. Introduction ch. 2. A clear showing : the problem of fault in James Fenimore Cooper's The pioneers ch. 3. Negligence before the mast : ship collisions and the nautical literature of the mid-nineteenth century ch. 4. "Nobody to blame" : steamboat accidents and responsibility in twain ch. 5. The law of the Good Samaritan : cross-racial rescue in Stephen Crane and Charles Chesnutt ch. 6. Stop, look, and listen : the signs and signals of the railroad accident ch. 7. Epilogue.