Black Cloud: The Great Florida Hurricane of 1928

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Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003 - Science - 283 pages
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In September 1928, when great storms were still unnamed, nearly 700 black men, women, and children were buried in an unmarked West Palm Beach ditch following the nation's second-deadliest hurricane. The savage gusts that churned the waters of Lake Okeechobee into a maelstrom of death afflicted victims of all races and classes, and produced tales of survival and loss among whites and blacks alike. The vast majority of the post-storm workers were poor black migrants; even if the hurricane was color-blind, the recovery and rebuilding effort were not. Palm Beach Post hurricane reporter and Florida native Eliot Kleinberg has penned the gripping tale of the killer hurricane. The storm's journey is chronicled as it kills perhaps 7,000 people along its path from the Caribbean to Canada, including a low official tally of 1,836 in Florida alone. Detailing the storm's track, the failure to properly predict landfall, personal battles against nature's wrath, and the extraordinary suffering of a black citizenry forced to provide a disproportionate amount of rebuilding labor and endure the burial of friends and family in an unmarked pit, Kleinberg tells a powerful story of man versus nature and man versus man.

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User Review  - Ken Pelham - Goodreads

History comes to life in BLACK CLOUD. Kleinberg manages the difficult task of describing a monster across thousands of miles and thousands of deaths, while yielding technical insights into the very ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marty - Goodreads

A really good job by Eliot covering things that were forgotten, or just lost to history. I was speaking with him at a HSPBC annual meeting when an old timer came up and started relating first hand ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Eliot Kleinberg is a native of Florida and author of a number of books about Florida history, including Palm Beach Past: The Best of "Post Time." He has been writing for the Palm Beach Post for over twenty years, and he is a member of the Palm Beach County Historical Society, the South Florida Historical Society and the Florida Historical Society. He lives in Boca Raton with his wife and two son

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