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City of heroes : the great Charleston earthquake of 1886

Author: Richard N Côté
Publisher: Mt. Pleasant, S.C. : Corinthian Books, [2006]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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On August 31, 1886, the most powerful earthquake ever to strike the East Coast devastated Charleston, South Carolina, killing over 125 people and damaging or destroying over 90% of its masonry buildings. Within minutes, the earthquake had spread its terror throughout half the nation. No one ever thought such a catastrophe could possibly strike east of the Mississippi. They were very wrong. City of Heroes: The Great  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard N Côté
ISBN: 1929175450 9781929175451 1929175469 9781929175468
OCLC Number: 68263475
Description: xiii, 542 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Richard N. Côté.

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On August 31, 1886, the most powerful earthquake ever to strike the East Coast devastated Charleston, South Carolina, killing over 125 people and damaging or destroying over 90% of its masonry buildings. Within minutes, the earthquake had spread its terror throughout half the nation. No one ever thought such a catastrophe could possibly strike east of the Mississippi. They were very wrong. City of Heroes: The Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886, is a riveting, heavily illustrated book filled with first-hand accounts of the earthquake survivors, and of the scientific earthquake detectives who arrived to discover what caused the disaster. Above all, it identifies the noble and heartwarming acts of previously unsung heroes, black and white, inspired by Charleston's extraordinary mayor. Working together, they saved numerous lives, nursed the wounded, fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, and enabled Charleston to make a full recovery within a mere fourteen months.

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