Upheaval in Charleston

Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow
 
 
University of Georgia Press
  • erschienen am 15. Mai 2011
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 368 Seiten
978-0-8203-3715-9 (ISBN)
 
  • Englisch
  • Georgia
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  • USA
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
Illustrations
  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
  • 734 gr
978-0-8203-3715-9 (9780820337159)

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Susan Millar Williams is the author of "A Devil and a Good Woman, Too: The Lives of Julia Peterkin," winner of the Julia Cherry Spruill Award. She teaches American literature and creative writing at Trident Technical College and lives in McClellanville, south Carolina. Stephen G. Hoffius is the author of "Winners and Losers," a prize-winning novel for young adults, and coeditor of "The Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art" and "Northern Money, Southern Land: The Lowcountry Plantation Sketches of Chlotilde R. Martin." A freelance author and editor, he lives in Charleston.
"In 1886 an earthquake devastated Charleston as thoroughly as one did San Francisco 20 years later. South Carolina historians Williams and Hoffius present a vivid account of the disaster and the political aftermath."--"Publishers Weekly" "As the authors show so vividly, 'natural disasters do not erase old conflicts--they reveal dirty secrets.' Along the way we learn about a variety of fascinating topics--the history of science, charitable fund-raising, journalism, disaster tourism, urban architecture, Jim Crow segregation and African American activism. And the whole story is capped off with a shocking murder and gripping courtroom testimony: a real page-turner!"--Jacqueline Jones, author of "Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War" "[Williams and Hoffius] must be commended for a painstaking and at times gripping reconstruction of the events that began on the night of August 31, 1886. Working largely from primary sources such as diaries, letters, and contemporaneous newspaper accounts, [they] have created a narrative history, intricate and meticulously documented, that reads like a well-plotted novel, largely avoiding the tedium of far too many academic histories."--Jack Trotter, "Chronicles" "It's not simply a meditation on the earthquake and recovery nor is it just the story of the murder of former News and Courier editor Frank Dawson. Rather, it's a synthesis of these two events that, taken together, shed light on a city in a great state of flux: between the end of Reconstruction but before Jim Crow laws made clear that Southern blacks would be relegated to a lower rung." --"Charleston Post and Courier" "This is a tale of upheaval, in terms of both the earthquake and the politics, as the issue of segregation and Jim Crow became increasingly pressing. Recommended for those who appreciate books on natural disasters, American history, and the secret goings-on of the political world." --"Library Journal" "In 1886 an earthquake devastated Charleston as thoroughly as one did San Francisco 20 years later. South Carolina historians Williams and Hoffius present a vivid account of the disaster and the political aftermath."--"Publishers Weekly" "A bittersweet portrait of America's bete noire city on the eve of Jim Crow. You come for the story and you leave feeling you've lived it."--Ted Rosengarten "As the authors show so vividly, 'natural disasters do not erase old conflicts--they reveal dirty secrets.' Along the way we learn about a variety of fascinating topics--the history of science, charitable fund-raising, journalism, disaster tourism, urban architecture, Jim Crow segregation and African American activism. And the whole story is capped off with a shocking murder and gripping courtroom testimony: a real page-turner!"--Jacqueline Jones, author of "Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War" "If you are intrigued by Charleston and by a story of earthquake, fire, and murder, then you will love this history of a remarkable man and of a sad, tumultuous period in the city's life."--Erskine Clarke, author of "Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic" "A compelling account of the most powerful earthquake ever to hit the southeastern United States. Virtually every structure in Charleston and some as distant as central Ohio were damaged. This well-researched, suspenseful narrative weaves a story of how a historic city recovers--with human intrigue and conflict that ends in murder."--Jack Bass, coauthor of "The Palmetto State: The Making of Modern South Carolina"
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