By Kelly Kazek
Journey simply west of America's notorious twister Alley to Alabama, domestic to a few of the deadliest tornadoes of the earlier century. those twisters stay etched within the collective reminiscence of the folks, from the 1908 Dixie twister, considered as some of the most brutal tornadoes in U.S. heritage, to the 1998 Birmingham twister, the most costly tornado in Alabama's history.
Discover how the 1932 Deep South Tornadoes led to 268 fatalities and hundreds of thousands of greenbacks in harm, and skim the terrifying account of the 1977 Smithfield Tornadoes, which rocked this Birmingham suburb with as many as six twisters in a one-hour span.
Join neighborhood journalist Kelly Kazek as she stocks the stories of those ordinary mess ups and the hardy Alabamians who persisted them.
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Bloch’s career was the shorter of the two, brutally interrupted by the war. In his last decades of academic life he produced some seminal articles and two important books. 60 Bloch’s main effort went into two major books. In the first place, there was his study of French rural history. This book began as a series of lectures in Oslo at the invitation of the Institute for the Comparative Study of Civilizations there. However, it was in a sense an extension in space and time of the thesis on the rural population of the Ile-de-France in the Middle Ages, which he had planned before the First World War and laid aside when he joined the army.
After the defeat of France he returned briefly to academic life, but he soon joined the Resistance, in which he played an active part until his capture by the Germans. He was shot in 1944. Despite these ‘extramural activities’, Bloch found the time to write two short books in the war years. The first, Strange Defeat, was both an eyewitness account of the French collapse in 1940, and an attempt to understand it from the point of view of a historian. 75 Even more remarkable, perhaps, was Bloch’s ability to compose his calm reflections on the purpose and method of 30 The Founders: Lucien Febvre and Marc Bloch history at a time when he was increasingly isolated and anxious about the future prospects of his family, his friends and his country.
Following the advice that he would later formulate in general terms in The Historian’s Craft, Bloch chose the period to fit the problem, which meant that he had to write what Braudel, a generation later, would call ‘the history of the long-term’. 20 The Founders: Lucien Febvre and Marc Bloch This long-term perspective led Bloch to some important conclusions, notably that the ritual of touching did not merely survive into the seventeenth century, the age of Descartes and Louis XIV, but flourished as never before, at least in the sense that Louis XIV touched greater numbers of sufferers than his predecessors.
A History of Alabama's Deadliest Tornadoes: Disaster in Dixie by Kelly Kazek