Disaster!: Stories of Destruction and Death in Nineteenth-Century New Jersey (BOK)

Alan A Siegel

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By every measure, Hurricane Sandy was a disaster of epic proportions. The deadliest storm to strike the East Coast since Hurricane Diane in 1955, Sandy killed thirty-seven people and caused more than $30 billion in damages in 2012 to New Jersey alone. But earlier centuries experienced their own catastrophes. In "Disaster!, " Alan A. Siegel brings readers face-to-face with twenty-eight of the deadliest natural and human-caused calamities to strike New Jersey between 1821 and 1906, ranging from horrific transportation accidents to uncontrolled fires of a kind rarely seen today. As Siegel writes in his introduction, "None of the stories end well--there are dead and injured by the thousands as well as millions in property lost." Accounts of these fires, steamboat explosions, shipwrecks, train wrecks, and storms are told in the words of the people who experienced the events firsthand, lending a sense of immediacy to each story. Disasters bring out the worst as well as the best in people. Siegel focuses on the bravest individuals, including harbor pilot Thomas Freeborn who drowned while attempting to save fifty passengers and crew of a ship foundering on the Jersey Shore, and Warwicke Greene, a fourteen-year-old schoolboy who rescued the injured "like the hero of an epic poem" after a train wreck in the Hackensack Meadows. These and many other stories of forgotten acts of courage in the face of danger will make "Disaster!" an unforgettable read.FiresNewark -- October 27, 1836Cape May City -- September 5, 1856Cape May City -- August 31, 1869Cape May City -- November 9, 1878Newton -- September 22, 1873Caven Point, Jersey City Refinery Fire -- May 10, 1883The Standard Oil Fire, Bayonne -- July 5, 1900 Steamboat Disasters"New Jersey," Camden -- March 15, 1856"Isaac Newton," Fort Lee -- December 5, 1863 Train WrecksBurlington -- August 29, 1855Hackensack Meadows -- January 15, 1894May's Landing -- August 11, 1880Absecon Island -- July 30, 1896Bordentown -- February 21, 1901The Thoroughfare -- October 28, 1906 Shipwrecks"John Minturn," South of Mantoloking -- February 15, 1846"Powhattan," Beach Haven -- April 15, 1854"New Era," Deal Beach -- November 13, 1854"New York," North of Barnegat Inlet -- December 20, 1856"Vizcay"a and "Cornelius Hargraves," Off Barnegat Bay -- October 30, 1890"Delaware," Barnegat Bay -- July 8, 1898 Natural DisastersBlizzard of '88 -- March 11-14, 1888The Great September Gale -- September 3, 1821Statewide Hurricane -- September 10, 1889New Brunswick Tornado -- June 19, 1835Camden Tornado -- July 26, 1860Camden Tornado -- August 3, 1885Cherry Hill Tornado -- July 13, 1895


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Alan A Siegel
Turpin DEDS Orphans
ISBN 9780813564593
Antall sider 210 Dimensjoner 16cm x 23,6cm x 2,3cm
Vekt 590 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Social impact of disasters