Disasters and Tragic Events: An Encyclopedia of Catastrophes in American History [2 volumes]

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Mitchell Newton-Matza
ABC-CLIO, Mar 26, 2014 - History - 789 pages

Tragedies and disasters have always been part of the fabric of American history. Some gave rise to reactions that profoundly influenced the nation. Others dominated public consciousness for a moment, then disappeared from collective memory. Organized chronologically, Disasters and Tragic Events examines these moments, covering both the familiar and the obscure and probing their immediate and long-term effects. Unlike other works that concentrate on a particular type of disaster, for example, weather- or medicine-related tragedies, this two-volume encyclopedia has no such limits. Its entries range from natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, to civic disturbances, environmental disasters, epidemics and medical errors, transportation accidents, and more. The work is a perfect supplement for history classes and will also prove of great interest to the general reader.

 

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Contents

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19442012
359
Primary Documents
629
Bibliography
731
Editor and Contributors
761
Index
765
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Mitchell Newton-Matza, PhD, is instructor of history at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. His previous book with ABC-CLIO is Jazz Age: People and Perspectives.

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