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City of Heroes: The Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886

Richard N. Cote

Verlag: Corinthian Books, 2006
ISBN 10: 1929175450 / ISBN 13: 9781929175451
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Titel: City of Heroes: The Great Charleston ...

Verlag: Corinthian Books

Erscheinungsdatum: 2006

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Inhaltsangabe: At 9:51 PM on August 31, 1886, William Ashmead Courtenay, the much-respected mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, was relaxing aboard the Etruria, an elite Cunard luxury liner bound for New York from Liverpool. At that same moment, the most powerful earthquake ever to strike the East Coast rolled through South Carolina and devastated Charleston, killing over 150 people and damaging or destroying over 90% of the historic city's masonry buildings within sixty seconds. Within ten minutes, it had spread its terror throughout half the nation, causing panic and damage as far north as Toronto, east to Long Island, south to Cuba, and west to St. Louis. The nation was stunned. No one in Charleston, or anywhere on the East coast, ever thought such an unthinkable catastrophe of such magnitude could possibly strike east of the Mississippi. They were very, very wrong.

City of Heroes: The Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886, is a riveting, heavily illustrated non-fiction book filled with gripping, first-hand accounts of the earthquake, drawn directly from newspapers, personal diaries, journals, and letters of the earthquake survivors. It will also follow the earthquake sleuths who descended upon Charleston to discover what caused the disaster. But above all, it identifies the noble and heartwarming acts of numerous unsung heroes, black and white, inspired and led by Charleston's extraordinary mayor, William A. Courtenay. Working together, they saved numerous lives, nursed the wounded, fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless and enabled Charleston to make a full recovery from the massive disaster within eighteen months.

Vom Autor: Creating this book was the most challenging experience I have ever faced as a writer. In previous books, I had chosen demanding writing assignments. Nevertheless, I felt that if I worked hard enough and did sufficient research, I could craft a good and thorough tale which would be interesting and useful to the reader. Immediately after the 1886 Charleston earthquake, everyone in the affected area started writing to their friends and relatives to recount their experiences. Within weeks, however, the correspondence quickly trailed off, as the novelty of the disaster turned into grueling days of frustration and sameness. I became worried that I would not have enough authoritative source material to tell the complete story of the disaster and the miraculous recovery. However when I turned to contemporary newspapers, magazines, and, later, scientific journal articles, they proved to be the rich sources that I needed. As the research progressed, more intriguing facts! and mysteries surfaced. Now I was nearly inundated with information—but what and how much should I use, and what should I ignore? Nine months before my completion deadline, I abandoned my carefully crafted original outline and let the earthquake tell me how to present its story. The result was an amazing odyssey that I could have never predicted —and a book far richer and more complex than anything I had initially set out to write. I hope that readers enjoy the result as much as I enjoyed the ride. —Dick Côté

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