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Galveston and the 1900 storm : castastrophe and catalyst
Bixel, Patricia Bellis, 1956-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xiv, 174 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 x 26 cm

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F394.G2 B59 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Galveston storm of 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 summon help. At least 6,000 of the city's 38,000 residents died in the hurricane. Many observers predicted that Galveston would never recover and urged that the island be abandoned. Instead, the citizens of Galvestone seized the opportunity, not just to rebuild, but to reinvent the city in a thoughtful, intentional way that reformed its government, gave women a larger role in its public life, and made it less vulnerable to future storms and flooding.

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Library Journal Review

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: ""A place of unique, sensual beauty""
Chapter 1 ""A thousand little devils, shrieking and whistling"": September 8, 1900
Chapter 2 ""You brave people of Galveston"": From Wreckage to Recovery
Chapter 3 ""Everything that mortal men can do"": Protecting Galveston Island
Chapter 4 ""To attain that superior success"": Recovery and Growth
Conclusion: ""I will never forget those days""
Bibliographical Essay