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Main Title Rising tide : the great Mississippi flood of 1927 and how it changed America /
Author Barry, John M.,
Publisher Simon & Schuster,
Year Published 1997
OCLC Number 36029662
ISBN 0684810468; 9780684810461; 0684840022; 9780684840024
Subjects Floods--Mississippi River Valley--History--20th century ; Flood control--Mississippi River--History ; Mississippi River Valley--History--1865- ; èUberschwemmung ; Mississippi--Fluss ; Mississippi (rivier) ; Overstromingen ; Politieke aspecten ; Gevolgen ; Flood control--History ; Geschichte 1927 ; èUberschwemmung--(DE-588)4186634-4 ; Mississippi (Fluss)--(DE-588)4039589-3 ; Mississippi (rivier)--gtt ; Overstromingen--gtt ; Politieke aspecten--gtt ; Gevolgen--gtt ; 7150--gtt
Additional Subjects Humphreys, A A--(Andrew Atkinson),--1810-1883 ; Eads, James Buchanan,--1820-1887 ; Percy family
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EJAM  F354.B47 1997 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 05/05/2006 DISPERSAL
Collation 524 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 481-496) and index.
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In 1927, the Mississippi River swept across an area roughly equal in size to Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont combined, leaving water as deep as thirty feet on the land stretching from Illinois and Missouri south to the Gulf of Mexico. Close to a million people - in a nation of 120 million - were forced out of their homes. Some estimates place the death toll in the thousands. The Red Cross fed nearly 700,000 refugees for months. Rising Tide is the story of this forgotten event, the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known. But it is not simply a tale of disaster. The flood transformed part of the nation and had a major cultural and political impact on the rest. Rising Tide is an American epic about science, race, honor, politics, and society. Rising Tide begins in the nineteenth century, when the first serious attempts to control the river began. The story focuses on engineers James Eads and Andrew Humphreys, who hated each other. Out of the collision of their personalities and their theories came a compromise river policy that would lead to the disaster of the 1927 flood yet would also allow the cultivation of the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta and create wealth and aristocracy, as well as a whole culture. In the end, the flood had indeed changed the face of America, leading to the most comprehensive legislation the government had ever enacted, touching the entire Mississippi valley from Pennsylvania to Montana. In its aftermath was laid the foundation for the New Deal of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Prologue -- Part 1. The engineers -- Part 2. Senator Percy -- Part 3. The river -- Part 4. The club -- Part 5. The great humanitarian -- Part 6. The son -- Part 7. The club -- Part 8. The great humanitarian -- Part 9. The leaving of the waters -- Appendix: The river today.