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The stories told in this collection, though tragic for many, also illustrate the steadfast determination and courage of people in the face of misfortune and extreme distress. From the lesser-known weed outbreaks and tornadoes to the world-wide influenza outbreak in 1918 that devastated many Calgary families, these stories focus on the human side of these disasters. It may be a heroic individual or the collective response of a community, but what is truly remarkable in these stories is the human response to the world being turned upside down by famine and disease, by flood, fire, or rock slide, by wind and cold, by dynamite or gas explosions, or even by the seemingly mundane threat of weeds upon crops. It is the resolution to continue to fight and the persistence of the human spirit and its adaptability to challenges that is the true story of a century of development in western Canada.
Table of Contents
|Smallpox: Scourge of the Plains||p. 15|
|Pale Horse/Pale History? Revisiting Calgary's Experience of the Spanish Influenza, 1918-19||p. 41|
|The Great Rock Slide at Frank||p. 69|
|Horror Stories: Tales of Frozen Prairie Settlers during the Brutal Winter of 1906-7||p. 97|
|It's an Ill Wind that Blows Nobody Good: Regina's 1912 "Cyclone"||p. 129|
|Atlantic No. 3 Disaster: From Raging Inferno to Beacon of Promise||p. 157|
|It Could Have Been Much Worse: The 1952 Outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Saskatchewan||p. 179|
|Putting Down Roots: The Historical Origins of the Ongoing Weed Disaster on the Canadian Prairies||p. 203|
|The Toll of Two Images||p. 223|
|Flooding in the Red River Valley of the North||p. 239|
|Notes on Contributors||p. 265|
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