American Disasters

ISBN-10: 0814713467
ISBN-13: 9780814713464
Edition: 2001
Authors: Steven Biel
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Description: Long after the dead have been buried, and lives and property rebuilt, the social and cultural impact of disasters lingers. Examining immediate and long term responses to disasters, this book explores what catastrophes reveal about society.

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 11/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Long after the dead have been buried, and lives and property rebuilt, the social and cultural impact of disasters lingers. Examining immediate and long term responses to disasters, this book explores what catastrophes reveal about society.

She holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.She holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.Steven Biel is Director of Studies in History and Literature at Harvard University, and the author of Down With the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster .  

Introduction: On the Titanic Research and Recovery Expedition and the Production of Disasters
Capital
"A Tempestuous Spirit Called Hurri Cano": Hurricanes and Colonial Society in the British Greater Caribbean
"The Hungry Year": 1789 on the Northern Border of Revolutionary America
What Comes Down Must Go Up: Why Disasters Have Been Good for American Capitalism
Smoke and Mirrors: The San Francisco Earthquake and Seismic Denial
Faith
Faith and Doubt: The Imaginative Dimensions of the Great Chicago Fire
Distant Disasters, Local Fears: Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Revolution, and Passion in The Atlantic Monthly, 1880-84
"Nothing Ends Here": Managing the Challenger Disaster
Community
"It Must Be Made Safe": Galveston, Texas, and the 1900 Storm
Chicago on the Brink: Media Trauma and the 1977 L-Train Crash
The Day the Water Died: The Exxon Valdez Disaster and Indigenous Culture
Possibility
"Unknown and Unsung": Feminist, African American, and Radical Responses to the Titanic Disaster
"Piecing Together What History Has Broken to Bits": Air Florida Flight 90 and the PATCO Disaster
The Exxon Valdez and Alaska in the American Imagination
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