City of Heroes: The Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886
Friday - August 26, 2011
About This Show
(Originally broadcast 03/02/07) -- On this 125th anniversary of the Charleston earthquake of 1886, the Journal offers an encore presentation of an episode with author Richard Côté. His book, City of Heroes: The Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886, is an action-packed, heavily illustrated, non-fiction book filled with gripping, first-hand accounts of the earthquake, drawn directly from the personal diaries, journals, and letters of survivors and from the daily newspapers. It also presents the story of the handpicked team of local and federal scientists who worked tirelessly to discover what caused the disaster.
A native of Connecticut, Richard N. Côté studied political science and journalism at Butler University. After serving on the staff of the South Carolina Historical Society for several years, he spent the 1980s and 1990s researching and writing about Southern plantation life, social history, architecture, and exploring exotic local micro-cultures. In 2001, he published his first novel, The Redneck Riviera.