Galveston and the 1900 storm : catastrophe and catalyst / Patricia Bellis Bixel and Elizabeth Hayes Turner.

By: Bixel, Patricia Bellis, 1956-Contributor(s): Turner, Elizabeth HayesMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2000Edition: 1st edDescription: xiv, 174 p. : ill., maps ; 23 x 26 cmISBN: 0292708831 (cl. : alk. paper); 9780292708839 (cl. : alk. paper); 029270884X (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780292708846 (pbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Galveston (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century | Hurricanes -- Texas -- Galveston -- History -- 20th century | Floods -- Texas -- Galveston -- History -- 20th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Galveston and the 1900 storm.DDC classification: 976.4/139 LOC classification: F394.G2 | B59 2000Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Introduction: "A place of unique, sensual beauty" -- "A thousand little devils, shrieking and whistling" : September 8, 1900 -- "You brave people of Galveston" : from wreckage to recovery -- "Everything that mortal men can do" : protecting Galveston Island -- "To attain that superior success" : recovery and growth -- Conclusion: "I will never forget those days."
Review: "The hurricane that pounded Galveston through the night of September 8, 1900, reduced a cosmopolitan and economically vibrant city to a wreckage-strewn wasteland where survivors struggled without shelter, power, potable water, or even the means to communicate their plight to the mainland." "As the centennial of the 1900 Storm prompts remembrance and reassessment, this account completes the story of America's deadliest natural disaster and places Galveston's experience within the broader context of the national Progressive movement, the history of technology and the environment, and women's history."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-170) and index.

Introduction: "A place of unique, sensual beauty" -- "A thousand little devils, shrieking and whistling" : September 8, 1900 -- "You brave people of Galveston" : from wreckage to recovery -- "Everything that mortal men can do" : protecting Galveston Island -- "To attain that superior success" : recovery and growth -- Conclusion: "I will never forget those days."

"The hurricane that pounded Galveston through the night of September 8, 1900, reduced a cosmopolitan and economically vibrant city to a wreckage-strewn wasteland where survivors struggled without shelter, power, potable water, or even the means to communicate their plight to the mainland." "As the centennial of the 1900 Storm prompts remembrance and reassessment, this account completes the story of America's deadliest natural disaster and places Galveston's experience within the broader context of the national Progressive movement, the history of technology and the environment, and women's history."--BOOK JACKET.

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Along with a riveting narrative of the hurricane that smashed Galveston, TX, in 1900 (killing at least 6000 out of 38,000 residents) and the heroic relief efforts afterward, readers will find absorbing the accounts of Galvestonians rebuilding their city, reshaping gender and race relations, altering the environment, and instituting the nation's first commission form of city government. Professional historians Bixel (assistant editor, Journal of Southern History) and Turner (history, Univ. of Houston, Downtown) skillfully show how the hurricane forced changes in the city's civic cultureDunfortunately allowing Jim Crow modifications of segregation policy as well as economic boosterism and Progressive Era reforms. Written for both the lay reader and historian, this readable and well-illustrated book tells an interesting story of what people did before, during, and after the storm and shows how much Galveston represented urban America between 1890 and 1920. Academic and public librarians should purchase.DCharles L. Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State Univ., State College (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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