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Upheaval in Charleston: Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow

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On August 31, 1886, a massive earthquake centered near Charleston, South Carolina, sent shock waves as far north as Maine, down into Florida, and west to the Mississippi River. When the dust settled, residents of the old port city were devastated by the death and destruction.

Upheaval in Charleston is a gripping account of natural disaster and turbulent social change in a

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Hardcover, 392 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by University of Georgia Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Amanda
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fast, good read. Recommended for anyone interested in Charleston around the time of the earthquake.
Craig
A pleasant surprise read on an event I wasn't personally familiar with - a devastating earthquake that struck Charleston, SC and most of the east coast in 1886. The co-authors successfully accomplished something that Erik Larson (the recent Larson) should pay attention to - how to write narrative non-fiction that doesn't bore the reader and simultaneously provides insight into a time and place that capsulizes an era.

Upheaval portrays a South that struggled with the changes of Reconstruction, and
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Carolyn (in SC) C234D
Very interesting. Living in Summerville, I was familiar with the story, but didn't actually know many facts. The descriptions of the earthquake were very well done, taken from multiple eyewitness accounts. There is an extensive bibliography. Some of the people in the book behaved admirably, others not so much. I was disappointed with the non-actions of President Cleveland, and with Henry Grady, the managing editor of the Atlanta Constitution. The treatment of blacks by many whites was disgusting ...more
Stuart Kimball
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
'Upheaval in Charleston' is a very intersting, well researched and very readable history book. The earthquake of 1886 was a devastating event . The response by the citizenry of the time was inspiring. Frank Dawson was a remarkable individual who was at the center of that response and his murder several years later was tragic. Susan Williams and Steve Hoffius did a great job collaborating on this must read for anyone interested in the history of Charleston
Holly
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This was the first earthquake to hit a major city in the US. This story is told through the Charleston newspaper editor, Dawson. Being from Englad, he's looked on as an outsider and by the end of the book, he's murdered. There's a ton on information covered, which could have been actually been edited better.
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A look at the aftermath of a a devasting earthquake and the social up heavel of Charleston at the same time.
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