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

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It had no name and gave no warning, but crept stealthily into the Gulf and then roared ashore, killing six thousand people. Nearly one hundred years after its landfall, the hurricane that struck Galveston Island on September 8, 1900 remains the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. In this work witnesses to this deadly disaster describe, in many never-before-published accounts, their encounters with this monstrous storm. Casey Edward Greene and Shelly Henley Kelly’s work with these primary sources represents ...
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It had no name and gave no warning, but crept stealthily into the Gulf and then roared ashore, killing six thousand people. Nearly one hundred years after its landfall, the hurricane that struck Galveston Island on September 8, 1900 remains the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. In this work witnesses to this deadly disaster describe, in many never-before-published accounts, their encounters with this monstrous storm. Casey Edward Greene and Shelly Henley Kelly’s work with these primary sources represents several years of labor in culling the Rosenberg Library in Galveston’s unparalleled collection on the 1900 storm. Some of the survivor accounts included were recorded in the days and months immediately following the disaster; others were put down after many years had passed. Oral history recordings made in the 1960s and 1970s provided further accounts given by survivors as they approached the end of their lives. More than seventy dramatic photographs underscore the catastrophe.
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781585442287
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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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