The Culture of Calamity: Disasters and the Making of Modern America by ProQuest

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The first focuses on the optimism growing out of catastrophe in Early America; the second concentrates on the San Francisco Earthquake and the Fire of 1906; the third discusses the excitement and sense of enchantment that became a part of the American experience with the San Francisco Earthquake; the fourth examines the nuclear age and the emergence of Federal Emergency Management; and the fifth makes an analysis of the culture of calamity in the age of terror. The images had a surreal quality about them that resembled the types of mass destruction found in movies, video games, television shows, and comic books. The focus on the excitement involved in collective responses to disaster, and the role played by disaster in the making of modern America offers interesting perspectives for further analysis of the psychosocial aspects of collective trauma.

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