The Great San Francisco Earthquake

The Great San Francisco Earthquake

Downloadable Video - 2005
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In April 1906, San Francisco was destroyed by earthquake and fire. Thousands were killed, and tens of thousands were left homeless. But three years later the city had been rebuilt from the ashes. This film looks at the destruction and rebirth of San Francisco, and how it became a part of American folklore.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS : Made available through hoopla, 2005
ISBN: 9781593754716
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 56 min.)) : sd., col


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Jun 07, 2016

Professionally presented through the "American Experience" Series - The Great San Francisco Quake is unanimously considered by all to be the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

Taking place in 1906 (on Wed., April 15 @ 5:12 am), this devastating quake (which certainly caught everyone off guard) literally toppled thousands of buildings (leaving a contortion of stone everywhere) and left half the city's 400,000 citizens homeless.

Through stills, and vintage "before & after" footage, along with interviews with quake survivors (recalling the event as children) - This historical documentary (with its 56-minute running time) takes a look at San Francisco then (as well as beyond the effects of this natural catastrophe) as it proudly boasts of man's triumph over the forces of nature.

(*Be sure to watch video*)

May 30, 2015

This is a documentary originally broadcast in 2005 as a segment of the television program: "American Experience."
It is an amazing record of the M8.3 earthquake with restored movie footage and the personal accounts of eyewitnesses.

Aug 19, 2011

I generally love the American Experience documentaries, but I found this one disappointing. Its not as engaging as others in the series and a little hard to follow at times.

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