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Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum

Sprache: Englisch.
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There were few experienced swimmers among over 1,300 Lower East Side residents who boarded the General Slocum on June 15, 1904. It shouldn't have mattered, since the steamship was chartered only for a languid excursion from Manhattan to Long Island S... weiterlesen
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Titel: Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum
Autor/en: Ed O'Donnell

ISBN: 0767909062
EAN: 9780767909068
Sprache: Englisch.
BROADWAY BOOKS

Juni 2004 - kartoniert - 332 Seiten

Beschreibung

There were few experienced swimmers among over 1,300 Lower East Side residents who boarded the General Slocum on June 15, 1904. It shouldn't have mattered, since the steamship was chartered only for a languid excursion from Manhattan to Long Island Sound. But a fire erupted minutes into the trip, forcing hundreds of terrified passengers into the water. By the time the captain found a safe shore for landing, 1,021 had perished. Ship Ablaze draws on firsthand accounts to examine why the death toll was so high and how the city responded. Masterfully capturing both the horror of the event and the heroism of men, women, and children who faced crumbling life jackets and inaccessible lifeboats as the inferno quickly spread, historian Edward T. O'Donnell brings to life a bygone community while honoring the victims of that forgotten day.

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Edward T. O'Donnell, geboren 1963, lehrt amerikanische Geschichte am College of the Holy Cross in Worchester. Als Experte für die Themen Stadtgeschichte und Immigration leitet er regelmäßig Führungen durch New York City. Zurzeit arbeitet er an einer Geschichte der Iren in den USA. Edward T. O'Donnell lebt mit seiner Frau und seinen vier Töchtern in Holden, Massachusetts.

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"A dramatic and compelling narrative of New York's saddest tragedy before 9/11 . . . a fascinating probe into the inferno that killed hundreds of women and children . . . O'Donnell does a spellbinding job of making the calamity come alive." -Clive Cussler "An impressively written account that effectively conveys the horror of New York's second-worst disaster ever." - Booklist "Compelling . . . O'Donnell's story is a testament to the strength of a unique people in an equally unique city . . . Unforgettable." - National Review
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