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 Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The flood affected Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
The aftermath of the flood was one factor in the Great Migration of African-Americans to northern cities.
The flood propelled Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, in charge of flood relief operations, into the national spotlight and set the stage for his election to the Presidency.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Great_Mississippi_Flood_of_1927   (846 words)

 Book Review -- John M. Barry, Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and how it Changed America, 1997
The flood of 1927 highlighted futile attempts to control nature, end a way of life in the Mississippi-Yazoo delta, and marked an end of the driving force behind New Orleans, the powerful banking establishment.
The Mississippi River flood of 1993 which devastated the Midwest carried one million cubic feet of water per second while the 1927 flood carried an excess of three million cubic feet of water per second.
In the wake of the flood, all of the plantation labor, in particular racial minorities, were left with few possessions or reasons to stay, eventually altering the economic and societal structure of the delta.
www.olemiss.edu /orgs/SGLC/MS-AL/book.htm   (1655 words)

 Barry 04:2000 Explorer
The Great Mississippi River flood of 1927 was one of the country's greatest natural disasters -- but even its powerful force couldn't break the spirit of the people.
On March 16, 1927, the Mississippi National Guard was mobilized to guard the levees.
All of the upper Mississippi was in flood by April 9, 1927.
www.aapg.org /explorer/2000/04apr/barry.cfm   (1118 words)

 Man vs. Nature: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Refugee tents are visible on a levee facing the street in Greenville, Mississippi during the flood of 1927.
Lying in the heart of the Mississippi delta, which some consider the richest agricultural land on earth, Greenville in 1927 was the epicenter of the worst flood in the history of the United States.
In the winter of 1926-27 the rains were so heavy that on the tributaries of the Mississippi the water had overflowed the banks, causing floods to the west in Oklahoma and Kansas, to the east in Illinois and Kentucky.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2001/05/0501_river4.html   (1974 words)

 The Flood of 1927 and Its Impact in Greenville, MS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Flood of 1927 and Its Impact in Greenville, Mississippi
The Great Flood of 1927 unleashed a spring season of catastrophic events along the banks of the Mississippi River.
The western edge of the Mississippi Delta is outlined by the Mississippi River along with its companion, a man-made levee, or earthen dam, that protects the valuable farmland from river overflow.
mshistory.k12.ms.us /features/feature72/MS_Flood.htm   (2226 words)

 Mississippi Flood of 1927
By April the eastern flood waters are ceasing and the Mississippi subsides.
The Mississippi valley regions normally get their heaviest rainfall in May and the resultant rise in the water is augmented by flood waters from the Missouri, which enter the Mississippi in June.
This was almost the case in the Flood of 1927.
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 [Infoshop News] **The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Over 13,000 refugees near Greenville, Mississippi were gathered from area farms and evacuated to the crest of an unbroken levee, and stranded there for days without food or clean water, while boats arrived to evacuate white women and children.
The Great Mississippi Flood in 1927 was the most destructive river flood in United States history until the Hurricane Katrina flood of 2005.
The flood affected Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee,Texas with Arkansas being hardest hit with 13% of its territory covered by floodwaters.
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 Salon | Swamp Fever
When floods get their two hours of fame, I sure as hell hope the subject is the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the biggest natural disaster in the nation's history.
I grew up on the Mississippi, in a one-stop-sign town by the name of Carville, La. I was born 17 years after the Great Flood, but that did not diminish my respect for the river.
As the flood waters started approaching New Orleans, the close-knit cabal of New Orleans bankers who ran Louisiana from their exclusive krewes and clubs decided they were going to save their own skins by dynamiting a levee about 10 miles from the city.
www.salon.com /april97/columnists/carville970407.html   (1616 words)

 Bad Dog Blues Radio
Like Katrina, the Mississippi flood of 1927 exposed the class divide in America as well as laid bare class and racial oppression in the South.
In 1927 it was widely believed that the levees had been sufficiently reinforced to be able to withstand the forces of nature.
Many of the themes of the blues and gospel songs of the 1927 flood are also the major themes in blues such as fear, tragedy, wrath of God, comedy and even love and sex.
www.baddogblues.com /archives/3.06/essential.htm   (1575 words)

 LMRFC Crawfish Tales - Vol2No4
In 1927, one of the greatest natural disasters of the United States occurred with the great Mississippi River Flood.
This flood, a result of above average rainfall from August, 1926, through April, 1927, over the entire Mississippi River drainage of over 1.25 million square miles, had a tremendous impact socially and on the commerce of the United States and was a watershed event in flood control.
Prior to 1927, it was believed that levees alone could control floods on the Mississippi and reservoirs upstream were not needed.
www.srh.noaa.gov /lmrfc/news/vol3no1.html   (1534 words)

 edunow.com: Title: Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America | Author: Barry, John M.
The flood affected Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee with Arkansas being hardest hit with 13% of its territory covered by floodwaters.
The flood represented the greatest natural disaster America had ever known; water claimed the lives of over 1,000 people and the homes of nearly one million, exposing racism, greed, power politics, and bureaucratic incompetence at every turn while simultaneously creating national heroes and lasting social change throughout the Deep South.
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.
www.edunow.com /0684840022.shtml   (1205 words)

 William A. Percy - John Barry's "Rising Tide" by William A. Percy III
The request delighted me because I surmised that Barry's account of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 included the roles that members of my family had played in the flood's aftermath, and long before that, in the creation of Delta levees during the 19th century.
Flood control was the essential first step to open up the region's incomparably fertile topsoil to cotton cultivation.
The flood had not only washed out the planters' communal buildings and crops, killed their livestock, and in most cases, although not in that of the Percys', demolished their grand homes.
williamapercy.com /RisingPercy.htm   (3148 words)

 Black Oppression and the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927
Thousands of flood victims fled to or were forcibly driven to the narrow crowns of the levees, bringing with them nothing but their debts to the planters.
In the midst of the 1927 floods, a wave of lynchings hit the South.
The scale of the Great Flood was such that it contributed to the breakdown of the Southern sharecropping plantation system, as those fleeing the ravaged Delta accelerated the “Great Migration” of Southern fls to Northern industrial cities like Chicago.
www.icl-fi.org /english/wv/868/1927.html   (1640 words)

 BookBlog: Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927
The Plaquemines Parish flooding in 1927 was manmade.
In Mississippi, local aristocrats refused to allow fl people to be evacuated since they feared that their source of labor would never return.
The flood itself was made more severe by the flood control system, which used levees to contain the river, but left out spillways and reservoirs to divert floodwaters.
alevin.com /weblog/archives/001734.html   (832 words)

 Rising Tide — The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
"The Great Humanitarian," Hoover is the capable organizer of the flood relief effort and a public-relations manipulator, who used media coverage of the disaster to propel himself to the presidency.
Conventional wisdom on dealing with flooding at the time the survey was authorized was divided into two camps: the levees-only (containment) advocates and those who advocated reducing flood levels by building outlets, (reservoirs and cutoffs were also advocated for achieving this effect).
Despite the criticism of the levees-only policy by the well-respected Eads, it took the flood of 1927 to provoke the reevaluation of the levees-only policy and ironically, the adoption of recommendations made almost fifty years previously by Ellet and Eads to formulate the existing flood management policy for the Mississippi.
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 Richard Wright's flood stories and the great Mississippi River flood of 1927: social and historical backgrounds. ...
One of the few benefits of the immensity of the 1927 flood was that it sparked interest in the South and drew the world's attention to it.
Many factual accounts of the Great Flood remark that Delta landlords were fearful of their tenants abandoning the flood area, a migration that would not only deprive the community of low-cost clean-up crews but also leave the land without laborers to work it.
In Mississippi, perhaps the most heated controversy of the 1927 flood occurred over the handling of fl refugees in Greenville, and particularly over the shooting of a fl man who resisted conscription.
www.pipeline.com /~rougeforum/floodstories.html   (6751 words)

 TIME.com: Flood -- Jun. 20, 1927 -- Page 1
With the great Mississippi flood of 1927 quietly seeping into the Gulf of Mexico, attention turned toward preventing the river from ever again driving valley-dwellers from their homes in hundreds of thousands.
One objection to this scheme is that the Mississippi went on one of the greatest floods of its history in 1844 when the valley was thickly forested.
In the present flood the Atchafalaya did, in a way, perform exactly this function; unfortunately, however, it received altogether too much water so that the later stages of the flood were along the Atchafalaya, not along the Mississippi.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,881641,00.html   (794 words)

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Cromwell Wharf at the foot of Toulouse Street during the floods of the spring of 1903.
In: "The Floods of the Spring of 1903 in the Mississippi Watershed" by H. Frankenfield, 1904.
In: "The Floods of the Spring of 1903, in the Mississippi Watershed" by H. Frankenfield.
www.photolib.noaa.gov /historic/nws/nwind13.htm   (1940 words)

 The Flood of 1927 And Its Impact In Greenville, Mississippi
The Great Flood of 1927, occurring only a short while after the bold assertion by the Corps, swept across the physical, social, and economic landscape of Mississippi’s Delta, leaving in its wake waves of change that would forever impact the state and the nation.
Distribute a map of Mississippi and its surrounding states to illustrate the extent of the Great Flood.
Tell students that the Great Flood of 1927 affected an area of approximately 27,000 square miles.
teacherexchange.mde.k12.ms.us /MHNLP/greatfloodlp.htm   (1305 words)

 DM: Flood exposed Mississippi's problems
Not only did the 1927 flood rip open a flawed system of river containment laid down decades before, but as Barry relates, it exposed to view the region's ugly fabric of racial structure, the greed and arrogance of the financial community, and the weakness of political leadership.
Subtitled The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, the book was published earlier this year by Simon and Schuster.
Given high profile in the story is the patrician Percy family of Greenville, three generations of whom had built an empire in the Mississippi Delta that for decades had fought to control the great river as a constant enemy that threatened their society.
www.olemiss.edu /news/dm/archives/97/9708/970827/970827ED3minor.HTML   (1073 words)

 After the flood: A history of the 1928 Flood Control Act Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society - Find ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Stirred to action, Mayor Thompson fashioned plans for a great flood control conference to be held in Chicago and kicked off a campaign calling for the federal government to assume full financial responsibility for flood control on the Mississippi River.2 Thirteen months later, President Calvin Coolidge signed into law the landmark 1928 Flood Control Act.
As the great flood ravaged the Lower Valley in the spring of 1927, its citizens turned to Washington for leadership and money but found little of either.
The great flood of that year devastated the Lower Valley and discredited levees-only.
findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa3945/is_200207/ai_n9105154   (696 words)

 American Experience | Fatal Flood | Timeline   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The river appears to be on the verge of flooding, but the Mississippi River Commission still insists the levees will hold.
April 26: Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, placed in charge of flood relief by President Calvin Coolidge, visits Greenville and approves the flood relief committee's plans.
He has ridden a wave of good publicity from his flood relief efforts, and is determined to maintain his positive image.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/amex/flood/timeline/timeline2.html   (1390 words)

 American diaspora - Mississippi River flood of 1927
On March 18, 1543, Hernando DeSoto and his soldiers were passing through a native village at the confluence of the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers, near the spot where Rosedale is today.
The crest of the flood moved slowly - only ten miles a day in the lower reaches of the river - which made effective evacuation possible in some places.
Another 312,000 who stayed in their flooded homes or with friends were also fed and clothed during the relief campaign.
www.epodunk.com /top10/diaspora/1927-flood.html   (633 words)

 Power Line: They're tryin' to wash us away
The Louisiana flood of 1927 lives on in song (Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927" being only the most recent), but seems largely to have been forgotten.
I read that book several years ago and was thoroughly fascinated with the Great Flood of 1927 and how it changed life in Mississippi and Louisiana.
Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi, is not liked by the mainsteam media (MSM) because he is a white, male, Southern accented, Republican governor who was formerly head of the national Republican party and big Bush booster.
powerlineblog.com /archives/011521.php   (305 words)

 Corps of Engineers -- The Bonnet Carre' Spillway   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The false sense of security in the Lower Mississippi Valley vanished in the flood of 1927, a natural disaster of great proportions.
Thirteen crevasses in the main Mississippi River levees occurred, demonstrating that even the largest and strongest levees would not alone protect from flooding.
Domestic animals huddle on the remaining levee crests in the submerged town of Bordelonville, LA during the flood of 1927.
www.mvn.usace.army.mil /pao/bcarre/flood1927.htm   (162 words)

 LiveScience.com - The Great 1993 Mississippi Flood
The flooding of the Midwest in 1993 was the most devastating in U.S. history — only rivaled perhaps by the great Mississippi Flood of 1927.
The high water levels were due in part to a 50 to 100 percent increase in rainfall in the Mississippi River drainage basin during the first half of the year.
The Mississippi River in St. Louis was above flood stage for 144 days between April 1 and September 30, 1993.
www.livescience.com /imageoftheday/siod_0506227.html   (225 words)

 Lessons from the “Great Mississippi Flood” of 1927
From the beginning many scientists knew this was a recipe for disaster, and the great flood of 1927 proved it with ruptured levees and massive flooding all up and down the river.
In response to that flood, the representatives of the capitalist class who controlled the country (and immediate area) did everything in their power to protect their own interests and make sure that it was the poor and oppressed who would pay the greatest price for the disaster.
In the Mississippi Delta area—with the richest soil and the highest concentration of Black sharecroppers in the country—Black people were rounded up at gunpoint and thrown into concentration camps on the levees to keep them from leaving the flood area.
rwor.org /a/015/katrina-lessons-1927-flood.htm   (636 words)

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