Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America

Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America

Audio CD(Abridged)



On March 12, 1888, the skies from Virginia to Maine turned an angry gray, and snow began to fall. Long-range weather forecasts didn't exist at the time, so no one knew that a howling white monster was about to strike.

This is the riveting story of a region brought to its knees by the three days and nights of hurricane-force winds and unrelenting snow. Hundreds of trains were caught in its icy grasp, tens of thousands of workers found themselves trapped between work and home, telephone and telegraph lines went dead, and streets everywhere were choked with great waves of drifting snow. Cities and towns came to an absolute, frozen standstill.

In the kind of skillful, dramatic narrative for which Jim Murphy is so well-known, readers can experience the Great Blizzard of 1888 through the eyes and words of survivors and victims alike. They will learn about the men, women, and children who battled the storm head-on, the many problems that developed when it finally stopped, and how life in the United States was forever changed by one of the most devastating natural disasters in its history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781883332914
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 04/30/2010
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 6.62(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

1The Unholy One1
2Just a Baby10
3The Land Is an Ocean of Snow25
4This Is All So Overwhelming41
5I Went Magnificently Along57
6Ruled by Wind and Snow and Ruin71
7What Will My Poor Children Do?84
8It Is Only a Snowstorm103
Notes on Sources and Related Reading Material125

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Deanna_Demers More than 1 year ago
AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE CHANGED FOREVER Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy Blizzard! by Jim Murphy is a Sibert Award winner. Jim Murphy does an excellent job of telling the history of an 1888 blizzard through the historical accounts of everyday people who were so horribly affected by this monster. This book will leave you with goosebumps as you learn about how people had to continue their normal lives even days after the devastation. People even risked their own lives to help others. This book is a page turner because it leaves you wanting to know what happens to the individual people. Two brothers had to dig a hole and stay there for twenty-two hours, and a woman had to walk home in the snow when her train got stuck. These personal accounts depict the American East Coasters courage after the many losses they accrued. Murphy explains how this blizzard changed the way America would build its infrastructure from this point on. Not only does Murphy do an excellent job retelling this American tragedy through his narration, but he includes maps, pictures, and drawings in his 132 page book. The pictures coincide with the narration perfectly to bring this storm to life. This book would be great to use across the curriculum in your history class, science class when discussing weather, and for English when reading about historical non-fiction.
adb3301 More than 1 year ago
Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy recounts the events leading up to, during and after the historic blizzard of 1888 that violently hit the east coast. This informational chapter book is appropriate for young and old readers. Murphy gives insight as to how people lived to give a better understanding of the impact this historic storm had. He also recounts personal stories of survivors and people that lost their life. He explains how this storm changed the way storms are viewed and handled. Many lessons were learned from this event. It created improvements from anti-littering laws to the subway systems just to name a few. You don't have to like history to appreciate this book. adb3301