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The children's blizzard, David Laskin

Label
The children's blizzard
Title
The children's blizzard
Statement of responsibility
David Laskin
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The gripping story of an epic prairie snowstorm that killed hundreds of newly arrived settlers and cast a shadow on the promise of the American frontier. January 12, 1888, began as an unseasonably warm morning across Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Minnesota, the weather so mild that children walked to school without coats and gloves. But that afternoon, without warning, the atmosphere suddenly, violently changed. One moment the air was calm; the next the sky exploded in a raging chaos of horizontal snow and hurricane-force winds. Temperatures plunged as an unprecedented cold front ripped through the center of the continent. By Friday morning, January 13, some five hundred people lay dead on the drifted prairie, many of them children who had perished on their way home from country schools. In a few terrifying hours, the hopes of the pioneers had been blasted by the bitter realities of their harsh environment. Recent immigrants from Germany, Norway, Denmark, and the Ukraine learned that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor controlled. With the storm as its dramatic, heartbreaking focal point, The Children's Blizzard captures this pivotal moment in American history by tracing the stories of five families who were forever changed that day. Drawing on family interviews and memoirs, as well as hundreds of contemporary accounts, David Laskin creates an intimate picture of the men, women, and children who made choices they would regret as long as they lived. Here too is a meticulous account of the evolution of the storm and the vain struggle of government forecasters to track its progress. The blizzard of January 12, 1888, is still remembered on the prairie. Children fled that day while their teachers screamed into the relentless roar. Husbands staggered into the blinding wind in search of wives. Fathers collapsed while trying to drag their children to safety. In telling the story of this meteorological catastrophe, the deadliest blizzard ever to hit the prairie states, David Laskin has produced a masterful portrait of a tragic crucible in the settlement of the American heartland
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
HT#
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F595
LC item number
.L37 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The children's blizzard, David Laskin
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Departures and arrivals -- Trials -- Disturbance -- Indications -- Cold front -- Explosion -- God's burning finger -- Exposure -- Prairie dawn -- Sunday -- Heroines -- Aftermath
Control code
62212114
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Harper Perennial edition.
Extent
ix, 307 pages, 16 pages
Isbn
9780060520762
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)62212114
Label
The children's blizzard, David Laskin
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Departures and arrivals -- Trials -- Disturbance -- Indications -- Cold front -- Explosion -- God's burning finger -- Exposure -- Prairie dawn -- Sunday -- Heroines -- Aftermath
Control code
62212114
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Harper Perennial edition.
Extent
ix, 307 pages, 16 pages
Isbn
9780060520762
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)62212114

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