History Now 40 (Fall 2014)

Disasters in Modern American History

From the Editor

Sharks raining down on Los Angeles, zombies menacing their neighbors, strange aliens invading earth’s cities, prehistoric creatures chasing shipwrecked travelers . . . Americans thrill to stories of disaster. Whether man-made or natural, these disasters can be enjoyed because they are fantasies. But modern American history offers us evidence of very real disasters, made more terrible because they often are a deadly combination of natural phenomena and human actions. In this issue of History Now, scholars examine the causes and...More »