The Buffalo Creek Disaster

The Buffalo Creek Disaster

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One Saturday morning in February 1972, an impoundment dam owned by the Pittston Coal Company burst, sending a 130 million gallon, 25 foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris crashing into southern West Virginia's Buffalo Creek hollow. It was one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history. 125 people were killed instantly, more than 1,000 were injured, and over 4,000 were suddenly homeless. Instead of accepting the small settlements offered by the coal company's insurance offices, a few hundred of the survivors banded together to sue. This is the story of their triumph over incredible odds and corporate irresponsibility, as told by Gerald M. Stern, who as a young lawyer and took on the case and won.

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Genre : Social Science
Author by : Gerald M. Stern
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2011-01-26
File : 320 Pages
ISBN : 9780307783844


The Buffalo Creek Disaster

The Buffalo Creek Disaster

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An in-depth account of the February 1972 disaster in which a dam built by the Pittston Coal Company gave way, killing 125 people, injuring more than 1,100, and leaving more than four thousand homeless, focuses on the survivors' lawsuit against the company, which became a landmark case of a legal triumph over corporate responsibility. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

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Genre : History
Author by : Gerald M. Stern
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2008
File : 282 Pages
ISBN : 9780307388490


Everything In Its Path

Everything In Its Path

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The 1977 Sorokin Award–winning story of Buffalo Creek in the aftermath of a devastating flood. On February 26, 1972, 132-million gallons of debris-filled muddy water burst through a makeshift mining-company dam and roared through Buffalo Creek, a narrow mountain hollow in West Virginia. Following the flood, survivors from a previously tightly knit community were crowded into trailer homes with no concern for former neighborhoods. The result was a collective trauma that lasted longer than the individual traumas caused by the original disaster. Making extensive use of the words of the people themselves, Erikson details the conflicting tensions of mountain life in general—the tensions between individualism and dependency, self-assertion and resignation, self-centeredness and group orientation—and examines the loss of connection, disorientation, declining morality, rise in crime, rise in out-migration, etc., that resulted from the sudden loss of neighborhood.

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Genre : Nature
Author by : Kai T. Erikson
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2012-04-10
File : 288 Pages
ISBN : 9781439127315


Prolonged Psychosocial Effects Of Disaster

Prolonged Psychosocial Effects Of Disaster

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Prolonged Psychosocial Effects of Disaster: A Study of Buffalo Creek disseminates the findings of an investigation into the psychosocial effects of a specific disaster - the collapse of a slag dam that inundated the valley of Buffalo Creek in West Virginia on February 26, 1972. Based on interviews with more than 600 men, women, and children for whom psychic impairment was claimed, this volume examines the relationships between the individual disaster experiences of the survivors and their later psychological functioning. Comprised of nine chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the psychosocial consequences of disasters and an account of the Buffalo Creek disaster itself, along with the subsequent lawsuit against the coal company. The next chapter explains how the psychopathology and stress of the survivors were scaled and gives some information regarding the reliability and validity of the data. Symptoms, sleep problems, family disruption, and traumatic dreams are considered. The findings on these data and the follow-up studies are discussed. The final chapter contains a summary of the findings and proposes specific suggestions as well as a model for future disaster studies. This book will be of most practical importance to mental health scientists and clinicians working with the victims of stress and disaster, and should also be of considerable interest to social and behavioral scientists and, more generally, to administrators of government activities.

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Genre : Family & Relationships
Author by : Goldine C. Gleser
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2013-10-22
File : 190 Pages
ISBN : 9781483265704


Death At Buffalo Creek

Death At Buffalo Creek

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Genre : History
Author by : Tom Nugent
Publisher : W. W. Norton
Release : 1973-07-01
File : 192 Pages
ISBN : 0393332217


Buffalo Creek W Va Disaster 1972

Buffalo Creek W Va Disaster 1972

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Genre : Buffalo Creek (Logan County, W. Va.)
Author by : United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Labor and Public Welfare. Subcommittee on Labor
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Release : 1972
File : 2717 Pages
ISBN : LOC:00019228289


Strange As This Weather Has Been

Strange As This Weather Has Been

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A West Virginia family struggles amid the booms and busts of the coal industry in this novel from an author called “Appalachia’s Steinbeck” (Jayne Anne Phillips). Set in present day West Virginia, this debut novel tells the story of a coal mining family—a couple and their four children—living through the latest mining boom and dealing with the mountaintop removal and strip mining that is ruining what is left of their hometown. As the mine turns the mountains "to slag and wastewater, workers struggle with layoffs and children find adventure in the blasted moonscape craters. Strange as This Weather Has Been follows several members of the family, with a particular focus on fifteen–year–old Bant and her mother, Lace. Working at a motel, Bant becomes involved with a young miner while her mother contemplates joining the fight against the mining companies. As domestic conflicts escalate at home, the children are pushed more and more frequently outside among junk from the floods and felled trees in the hollows—the only nature they have ever known. But Bant has other memories and is as curious and strong–willed as her mother, and ultimately comes to discover the very real threat of destruction that looms as much in the landscape as it does at home. “Powerful, sure–footed and haunting.” —The New York Times Book Review

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Genre : Fiction
Author by : Ann Pancake
Publisher : Catapult
Release : 2007-09-10
File : 352 Pages
ISBN : 9781582439914


Removing Mountains

Removing Mountains

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An ethnography of coal country in southern West Virginia.

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Genre : Science
Author by : Rebecca R. Scott
Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
Release : 2010
File : 271 Pages
ISBN : 9780816665990


Heads Above Water

Heads Above Water

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An in-depth exploration of women's lives after a natural disaster.

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Genre : Social Science
Author by : Alice Fothergill
Publisher : SUNY Press
Release : 2012-02-01
File : 282 Pages
ISBN : 9780791484722


International Handbook Of Traumatic Stress Syndromes

International Handbook Of Traumatic Stress Syndromes

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Over 100 researchers from 16 countries contribute to the first comprehensive handbook on post-traumatic stress disorder. Eight major sections present information on assessment, measurement, and research protocols for trauma related to war veterans, victims of torture, children, and the aged. Clinicians and researchers will find it an indispensible reference, touching on such disciplines and psychiatry, psychology, social work, counseling, sociology, neurophysiology, and political science.

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Genre : Medical
Author by : John P. Wilson
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2013-06-29
File : 1012 Pages
ISBN : 9781461528203