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Through a Night of Horrors: Voices from the 1900 Galveston Storm

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The hurricane winds that lashed over Galveston Island the night of September 8, 1900, unleashed a horror that no survivor would ever forget and that more than six thousand people would not survive. This was a tempest so terrible that no words can adequately describe its intensity, one survivor wrote soon after the tragedy, yet many did try to describe it.

Galveston's Rosenberg Library, noted for its fine archives of local and early Texas history, holds many accounts of the ...

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Overview

The hurricane winds that lashed over Galveston Island the night of September 8, 1900, unleashed a horror that no survivor would ever forget and that more than six thousand people would not survive. This was a tempest so terrible that no words can adequately describe its intensity, one survivor wrote soon after the tragedy, yet many did try to describe it.

Galveston's Rosenberg Library, noted for its fine archives of local and early Texas history, holds many accounts of the storm. Some were recorded in the days and months immediately following the disaster; others were put down after many years had passed. The letters, memoirs, and oral histories collected in this volume allow the survivors to tell in their own words what they witnessed and experienced during the most catastrophic natural disaster ever to befall the United States. Seventy dramatic photographs of the storms aftermath underscore the horror.

The days leading up to the storm were chronicled in a journal kept by Isaac M. Cline, local meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau. The volume editors have used his terse and unforeboding accounts to frame the letters that detail the storm that followed.

The letters and memoirs included in this extraordinary volume not only provided catharsis to their writers but also left important documentation about the events for future generations. Oral history recordings made in the 1960s and 1970s provided further accounts given by survivors as they approached the end of their lives. Readers can imagine in these stark yet poignant stories, most never before published, the voice softened to barely a whisper as it describes a mother's despair or a narrator's last painful memory of a sister who perished after handing over her youngest child. Their vivid descriptions stand as moving testimony to the enormity of the worst natural disaster Americans have ever experienced.

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Ron Stone

“The Great Galveston Storm of 1900 came vividly and frighteningly to life as I read the letters from those fortunate few who survived the wind and water.Casey Green and Shelly Kelly have done a marvelous job of research in “Through a Night of Horrors: Voices from the 1900 Galveston Storm”.What was “Isaac’s Storm”, is now Martin’s and Alice’s and Ida’ Storm. The book is proof once again that fact can be as readable as fiction.”--Ron Stone, writer/host of “The Eyes of Texas”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890969618
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2000
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author


CASEY EDWARD GREENE is head of special collections at the Rosenberg Library in GalvestonSHELLY HENLEY KELLY is assistant archivist at the Rosenberg Library in Galveston.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2000

    The Best Book on Galveston's 1900 Storm

    This is a must-own book if you're interested in the great storm of 1900 or Galveston history generally.If you're going to buy just one Texas history book this year this is definitely the one to get. Despite the fact that the scholarship and research that went into this book is first rate,it is highly readable and you can almost hear the voices of people who experienced first hand the tragic events of this greatest of American natural disasters.The pictures and maps in this book are also woven together in a marvelous fashion. The Rosenberg Library in Galveston is to be commended for using its collection to put together this extraordinary book, which tells a powerful and moving story.This is history at its best. Ed Cotham Author of Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston

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