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Rising tide : the great Mississippi flood of 1927 and how it changed America

Author: John M Barry
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: A A Humphreys; James Buchanan Eads; Percy family.; James Buchanan Eads; A A Humphreys; Percy family.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John M Barry
ISBN: 0684810468 9780684810461 0684840022 9780684840024
OCLC Number: 36029662
Awards: Lillian Smith Book Award, 1997
Description: 524 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: John M. Barry.
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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.

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