29 October 2012
The name The Children’s Blizzard came by that many of the victims were children. On the unfaithful day of January 12, 1888 it started out as atypicaly warm. Many people ignored the aberration, so they went and did the usual work (Capital Weather Gang). David Laskin’s The Children’s Blizzard defines survival as living at all costs, persevering to continue, and sacrificing to help others. “On that day, many of the children went to school. As the children were just starting to come home the sky grew dark with a heavy dark cloud. Snow poured down with wind blowing swiftly. Many of these children got caught in the midst of the storm. Most of them froze to death, and some made it home. While there is no absolute answer, there is an estimated 250-500 deaths from the storm. This is why the number of deaths was so high” (Laskin 9). Not all the deaths were of children. Some of the deaths came from farmers that also got caught in the midst of the storm. Some other deaths came from the mothers looking for their children. Not all the children persevered, many of them stayed back at school to try to circumvent the storm. With this adamant storm rolling through, almost all families were either trapped, or didn’t want to go out. While the storm pulled through, it left aggregate from 4 to 5 feet of snow. Though the blizzard left, the aftermath left people to survive on what they had. Families might have had food, but they might not have had fuel for the fire. So even if they did commensurate food for the rest of the winter, they had no way of making this food, or staying warm enough. Many families had to compensate for something, whether it was food or material as fuel to the fire. As one family had to do, “there were many days when we got by on burnt flour soup. A poor diet for a growing boy.” (Laskin 36). Even if they could shovel their way out of their house, they still had a long way to go to get food. Even the animals had to sacrifice to live. As...
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