Henry Sampson and the Great Galveston Storm is a historic novel set in Galveston, Texas. All the action takes place in the week before and during the infamous 1900 hurricane, although there are flashbacks the famous privateer, Jean Lafitte, and his men as they bury and then protect a treasure. Galveston in 1900 was a booming, fascinating place. Wealth was being accumulated at amazing rates and new businesses and businessmen were pouring into town. Its hotels, one of which sported a five story atrium, were the finest south of St. Louis. It was also a party town. Galveston had more saloons than New Orleans. Whorehouses and society clubs occupied the same block. Politics and race relations were difficult as the post Civil War Republicans (led by a black Galvestonian) reluctantly gave way to a new majority of white politicians. Black and white unions fought over control of the cotton docks where the aptly nicknamed Octopus of the Gulf, the Galveston Wharves Company, monopolized seaborne trade into all of Texas. Jack Johnson, a native Galvestonian, was beginning his legendary boxing career and famous entertainers, such as Lillie Langtry, regularly performed at Galveston's opera house. About the Author - Bill Merrell lives in historic Galveston and studies hurricanes. He weaves his personal knowledge of hurricane impacts and Galveston's rich past to form an accurate setting for his historic novel, Henry Sampson and the Great Galveston Storm. Merrell, who holds a Ph.
D in Oceanography, studies storm surge, sometimes first hand, as when he stayed on Galveston Island during Hurricane Ike to observe and document its devastating surge. Since then Merrell has developed a plan for a coastal barrier system dubbed, the Ike Dike, that would prevent future surges in the region and has led efforts to get it implemented. Merrell also experiences Galveston's past first hand, Bill and his family have restored and preserved three historic structures including the 1870 Merchant's Mutual Insurance Building on Galveston's Strand where, in a photograph taken about 1900, a bearded Henry Sampson peers out from the window in his third floor office. Most of Merrell's writing is non-fiction but he has produced other fiction including the play, The Boating Party. He occupies the George P. Mitchell chair in marine sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he previously served as its president. Merrell has held presidential appointments in the United States government and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the National Science Foundation for "his lasting impact on the course of American science." Keywords: Galveston, Hurricane, 1900 Storm, Jack Johnson, Jean Lafitte, Lillie Langtry, Treasure, Psychic, Murder, Pirate
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|Size: ||277 KB|
|Publisher: ||First Edition Design Publishing|
|Date published: || 2014|
|ISBN: ||9781622877614 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|