The Day the Whistles Cried: The Great Cornfield Meet at Dutchman's Cuve (Paperback)

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The Day the Whistles Cried: The Great Cornfield Meet at Dutchman's Cuve By Betsy Thorpe Cover Image


People are drawn to legendary disaster stories such as that of the Titanic, seeking hope and heroism among the wreckage. The Day The Whistles Cried is a true disaster tale, filled with real people and their lives. Reading about America's worst train wreck is opening a window into Time. Two steam locomotives collide head-on in a cornfield at the edge of Nashville on July 9, 1918, taking the lives of more than a hundred people and injuring at least 300 others. This tragic tale, set against a backdrop of wartime urgency and human error, unfolds in the midst of the racial and societal divisions of the early twentieth century. Segregation and cultural mores helped decide who would perish and who would survive this cataclysmic event, resulting in a book that is more than fact: a riveting story of decided historical impact. The Day the Whistles Cried reveals the railroad system in action in its heyday. Romance and adventure, systems and rules, architecture and machinery. Its sub-culture was intrinsic to America's economy and people.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781628800401
ISBN-10: 1628800402
Publisher: Ideas Into Books Westview
Publication Date: June 19th, 2014
Pages: 278
Language: English