This is the riveting story of a region brought to its knees by the three days and nights of hurricane-force winds and unrelenting snow. Hundreds of trains were caught in its icy grasp, tens of thousands of workers found themselves trapped between work and home, telephone and telegraph lines went dead, and streets everywhere were choked with great waves of drifting snow. Cities and towns came to an absolute, frozen standstill.
In the kind of skillful, dramatic narrative for which Jim Murphy is so well-known, readers can experience the Great Blizzard of 1888 through the eyes and words of survivors and victims alike. They will learn about the men, women, and children who battled the storm head-on, the many problems that developed when it finally stopped, and how life in the United States was forever changed by one of the most devastating natural disasters in its history.
Table of Contents
|1||The Unholy One||1|
|2||Just a Baby||10|
|3||The Land Is an Ocean of Snow||25|
|4||This Is All So Overwhelming||41|
|5||I Went Magnificently Along||57|
|6||Ruled by Wind and Snow and Ruin||71|
|7||What Will My Poor Children Do?||84|
|8||It Is Only a Snowstorm||103|
|Notes on Sources and Related Reading Material||125|