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On Shaky Ground: The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812 (MISSOURI HERITAGE READERS) Paperback – March 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: MISSOURI HERITAGE READERS (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri; First Edition edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826210546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826210548
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Norma Hayes Bagnall never forgot the tales her mother told her in her youth about the New Madrid earthquakes, just as they were told to her mother when she was a youngster growing up in the early twentieth century in New Madrid, Missouri. Professor of English at Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Bagnall is also the author of Children's Literature: Passage to the Sea.


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "naive1_97" on October 26, 2000
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This book was very informative about the New Madrid Earthquake. It had great detail about the earthquake and is a great resource for term papers. I would highly recommend this book to students who are doing papers for Earthscience courses with there main interest of the New Madrid Earthquake.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sara Howard VINE VOICE on April 19, 2008
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This book is well-written and organized. It was a very enjoyable read. The author researched the subject well and the reader can get a feel of what it must have been like to suffer in this enormous earthquake. This book is a history of the largest earthquake in the history of the U.S. The local residents gave the New Madrid Historical Society descriptions of what they experienced.

I understand because my great-great grandparents were living near the fault in Tennessee and experienced the horrors of this disaster.
Their stories have been handed down for generations. My grandmother told me our families' stories about this horrific experience.
When this fault becomes active again the cities of Memphis all the way to St. Louis will be in terrible danger.

Sara Howard, Author of "Something Funny Happened on The Way to The Moon" and "The Biggest Explosions in The Universe".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Rollins on June 1, 2008
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I have been trying to find infnormation on the New Madrid Quakes for some time and this particular book while not lengthy, was sufficiently detailed to provide information I was not already familiar with. At the same time, and of course due to the dates during which the quakes occurred, there was, and is, limited factual evidence to rely on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carla I. Lorch on August 23, 2013
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I found the book, "On Shaky Ground" an interesting book. I appreciate that the author gives an early history of the areas affected by the earthquakes, as well as explaining the aftermath of the disaster. She also tells about the different ethnic groups living in the region at the time and how the seismic events impacted them. I really liked the eyewitness accounts. There are a couple of chapters that give information about preparing for earthquakes and the future predictions for the New Madrid area. Appendices help clarify how to interpret the Richter and Mercalli scales. Overall, I found the book informative. It is not a long read; I finished it in a couple of hours. It is a good book for anyone who wants a short, informative read about the New Madrid seismic events of 1811-1812.
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