This is a bundle of 3 highly animated, power point presentation on Disasters & Events That Shaped America – Three Great Fires. The total number of slides is 56. Each of the slides are editable, so you can modify those to meet your individual needs.
Power point presentation #1 is titled, Disasters & Events That Shaped America - The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and contains 17 slides.
The Great Chicago Fire destroyed a major American city, making it one of the great disasters of the 19th century. And while the famous story of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow starting the blaze by kicking over a lantern is most likely not true, that legend stuck in the public mind and holds fast to this day.
Other theories hold that humans or even a meteor might have been responsible for the event that destroyed an area 4 miles long and almost 1 mile wide. The fire that destroyed Chicago raged from Sunday night, October 8, 1871 until the early hours of Tuesday, October 10, 1871. In approximately 30 hours at least 300 people had been killed, 17,000+ structures had been destroyed, causing an estimated $200 million in damages.
Despite the fire’s devastation, much of Chicago’s physical infrastructure, including its transportation systems, remained intact. Reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development in earnest and population growth, as architects laid the foundation for a modern city featuring the world’s first skyscrapers.
At the time of the fire, Chicago’s population was approximately 324,000; within 9 years, there were some 500,000 Chicagoans. By 1890, the city was a major economic and transportation hub with an estimated population of more than 1 million people.
Mrs. O'Leary and the cow were later exonerated!
Death & Destruction
Construction & Fire Codes
Fire Spreads Quickly
The Inferno Grows
The Fire Is Put Out
Impact of the Destruction
The O’Leary Cow Legend
End of Presentation
Power point presentation #2 is titled, Disasters & Events That Shaped America - Great San Francisco Earthquake – 1906 and contains 21 slides.
At the time of the disaster, San Francisco had been the 9th largest city in the United States and the largest on the West Coast, with a population of about 410,000. Over a period of 60 years, the city had become the financial, trade and cultural center of the West; operated the busiest port on the West Coast; and was the "gateway to the Pacific", through which growing U.S. economic and military power was projected into the Pacific and Asia.
The San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906. Devastating fires broke out in the city that lasted for several days. As a result, about 3,000 people died as over 80% of San Francisco was destroyed.
The earthquake and resulting fire are remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States. The death toll from the earthquake and resulting fire remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history. The overall cost of the damage from the earthquake was equivalent to $10,499,259,259 in 2015.
Main Shock & Fires
San Andreas Fault (2)
Fires & Insurance
The Palace Hotel
The Lawson Report
End of Presentation
Power point presentation #3 is titled, Disasters & Events That Shaped America - Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire – 1911 and contains 18 slides.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, New York City on March 25, 1911 was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city, and one of the deadliest in U.S. history. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers – 123 women and 23 men – who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths.
The fire was put out in half an hour, but it was not soon enough. When firefighters entered the floors to continue to bring the smoldering fire under control, they found charred machines, intense heat -- and bodies. Of the 500 employees, 146 were dead. The bodies were taken to a covered pier on 26th Street, near the East River. Thousands of people lined up to identify the bodies of loved ones. After a week, all but 7 were identified.
The considerable number of deaths exposed the dangerous conditions in high-rise factories and prompted the creation of new building, fire, and safety codes around the United States.
Triangle Waist Company
Door Lock Policy
No Place to Go
9th Floor Deathtrap
Escaping the Fire
Fire is Extinguished
End of Presentation
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