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The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes

Conevery Bolton Valencius


In the winter of 1811-1812, massive earthquakes shook the middle Mississippi Valley. The earth cracked, huge sand blows spurted liquefied sand, and the Mississippi River ran backwards. People across North America wrote extensively about these dramatic events. Yet now, almost no one knows these earthquakes took place. The Lost History pioneers connections between environmental history and the history of science to demonstrate that the New Madrid earthquakes were an important force in the early nineteenth century United States. They shaped early western Cherokee and other Indian settlement ... More

Keywords: New Madrid earthquakes, history of seismology, Second Great Awakening, Native American history, War of 1812, paleoseismology, early western Cherokees, history of electricity, environmental history, history of science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226053899
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226053929.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Conevery Bolton Valencius, author