Misremembering risk in the age of hurricanes: The Rhode Island Coast in the 1930s–1950s

  title={Misremembering risk in the age of hurricanes: The Rhode Island Coast in the 1930s–1950s},
  author={Kara Murphy Schlichting},
  journal={Coastal Studies \& Society},
  pages={10 - 33}
  • K. Schlichting
  • Published 29 October 2021
  • Environmental Science
  • Coastal Studies & Society
This paper explores the lost history of New England hurricanes and how the “return” of hurricanes challenged understandings of the vulnerabilities of coastal communities due to weather. A series of severe New England hurricanes from 1938 to 1954 forced Rhode Islanders to reassess coastal vulnerabilities and protection strategies. Before the hurricane of ‘38, Rhode Islanders lived with the vulnerability of seasonal erosion and winter storms but believed their state was, and would remain, safe… 

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