The Children's Blizzard
Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor... show more
Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor controlled, and America’s heartland would never be the same.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Publish date: October 11th 2005
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Book Club
, American History
, 19th Century
When I lived in Nebraska, we always heard about the brave young teacher who saved her students by tying them together as they walked to safety. We also heard about the people who froze to death while trying to find their way from their barn to the house, just 50 yards away.White-out conditions can ...
I enjoy books that capture the flavor of an era, and this book certainly does that. The blizzard of 1888, by all accounts, was the "perfect storm," a confluence of patterns that sent a wall of snow, wind, and cold (almost literally) sweeping across the Dakotas and Nebraska killing many people and c...
Talk about a page-turner. This is one of those books where you read the blurbs (which say things like "terrifying but beautifully written" and "reads like a thriller") after you've read the book, and you think "Yeah, that's about right." This is a non-fiction account of the blizzard that swept over ...
The account of the blizzard of '82, that ravaged the northern plains, and was so vividly recounted in The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Very much recommended for anyone interested in the American West, and strips away most of the romanticized view of it. For the longer review, please go here:...