1887

The Earth Trembled by Edward Payson Roe

The Charleston Earthquake of August 31, 1886 (8.6 on the Richter scale) was strong enough to be felt in Boston, Chicago, New Orleans and Milwaukee. It caused speculation that Florida had broken off the continent. [Wikipedia: 1886 Charleston earthquake] Roe’s novel explores its effects in the context of the relations between North and South after the American Civil War. Edward Payson Roe (1838-1888) was educated at Williams College and Auburn Theological Seminary.