In reaction to the 6.9 quake in Mexico and southern California this afternoon, we are posting a video showing the devastation to San Francisco in 1906 after a large earthquake estimated to be in the range of 7.7-8.25 was felt for hundreds of miles and resulted in thousands of deaths.
Although you may not show the film in its entirety, it would be useful when discussing any natural disaster as it was one of the worst in U.S. history. In contemporary times, Hurricane Katrina has been compared for its economic damage.
For more on the early 20th century see our U.S. History PowerPoints:
- The West: Miners, Ranchers, Farmers, and Native Americans
- Rise of Industrial America, 1865-1900
- Response to Industrialism: Protest Movements, Unions, and the Agrarian Revolt
- America Becomes a World Power: Imperialism
- Immigration & Urbanization
- The Progressive Era
- World War I
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