The deadly hurricane of 1928 claimed 2500 lives, and the long-forgotten story of the casualties, as told in Black Cloud, continues to stir passion. Among the dead were 700 black Floridian men, women, and children who were buried in an unmarked West Palm Beach ditch during a racist recovery and rebuilding effort that conscripted the labor of blacks much like latter-day slaves. Palm Beach Post reporter Eliot Kleinberg has penned this gripping tale from dozens of interviews with survivors, diary entries, accounts from newspapers, government documents, and reports from the National Weather Service and the Red Cross. Immortalized in Zora Neale Hurston's classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, thousands of poor blacks had nowhere to run when the waters of Lake Okeechobee rose. No one spoke for them, no one stood up for them, and no one could save them. With heroic tales of survival and loss, this book finally gives the dead the dignity they deserve. The new, updated edition of this important book is published by the Florida Historical Society Press.
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Interesting, plays with emotions
The glimpse of weather prediction history and the stories of survival and courage.
I really enjoyed the stories of people who were able to pull together and survive. There were many lost as well, and so it pulls your heart back and forth between sadness and triumph. Great for folks that like regional history, weather, people stories or a mix of all of the above like myself. I received a copy of this audio book for my voluntary and honest opinion.
- Sasquatch Survivor
Much more than account of a single hurricane