More about: City of the Dead
The people of Galveston were used to storms. An island city off the coast of Texas, its residents knew how to deal with flooding and many even enjoyed watching the rise of waves in the Gulf when big storms passed through. The storm that hit on September 8, 1900, however, was not just another storm. It was a deadly hurricane that came without warning, devastating the thriving city, killing over eight thousand people, and nearly wiping Galveston clean from existence.
More about: Massacre of the Miners
In 1914, coal miners of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company went on strike following the company’s refusal to grant their requests for fair wages and better working conditions. .......By noon on April 20, 1914, gunfire rained down on Ludlow sending men, women, and children to run for their lives or cower in crude dirt cellars below their tents....... As daylight broke the next day, the tent camp was nothing more than a smoldering pile of debris mixed with bodies of the victims.
Read these books before you let your children read them. :) Seriously. I enjoyed reading them, connecting with real people, seeing their thoughts, confusion and fear. (well perhaps not enjoying their fear).. but having that real connection just brought an added dimension to these real horrors that happened.
BUT I started reading one (massacre of the miners) with my lad and it was just so NOT a go with him. He's 10 so possibly a bit young, but he's read (or had me read) books meant for an older audience before. BUT fear, the wanton destruction, the blatant anger the guards had toward the miners was just beyond him.
I chose to not finish that book with him and just read it myself. What we did read though was a good ground for discussing the affects of sin on the world and how sometimes we just can't understand the depth of hatred people can have for each other and how that can inspire such fear.
I do think he could read about the hurricane of Galveston as it's more about the devastation of nature rather than the sinful affects of people upon each other. More easily understood right? It gives a chance (with nature) to see the good that people can do for each other in times of utter distress.
Did I myself enjoy the books? YES. They are well-written with the factual materials provided at the end of book, letting us know what was real and what was inspired. The details with the people involved brought everything so much to life. Real horrors, personified. My heart ached for the people involved. Such tragedy.
Received: hardcover books
Title: "City of the Dead" and "Massacre of the Miners"
Author: T.Neill Anderson
Series: Horrors of History
Pages: 130 in each
Age: for 11 years old and up