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William Faulkner and the Machine Age Watershed

Susan Scott Parrish

in The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691168838
eISBN:
9781400884261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691168838.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter considers the influence of the Great Mississippi Flood on William Faulkner. At the time of the 1927 disaster, Faulkner was twenty-nine years old. As he consumed the media coverage of the ... More


Modern Overflow

Susan Scott Parrish

in The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691168838
eISBN:
9781400884261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691168838.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses how the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 exposed the chronic and longstanding social and economic precariousness of the Delta. The flood made visible the combination of history ... More


Cross Talk in the Press

Susan Scott Parrish

in The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691168838
eISBN:
9781400884261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691168838.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter considers the mainstream white public's growing dissatisfaction with the particular forms of representation that the flood seemed to produce. On May 29, 1927, the New York Times ... More


The Flood of 1927: Sheltered by Immunity, the Corps Ventures Beyond the “Colossal Blunder” of the Levees - Only Policy

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

in Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479825387
eISBN:
9781479807475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter describes the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and its aftermath. The flood caused between $230 and $360 million in property damage (up to $4.5 billion in 2010 dollars). The hardest ... More


Introduction

Susan Scott Parrish

in The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691168838
eISBN:
9781400884261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691168838.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This introductory chapter discusses the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. It argues that although historians have uncovered the details of what caused the flood to unfold the way it did, less work has ... More


3 The Flood of 1927: Sheltered by Immunity, the Corps Ventures Beyond the “Colossal Blunder” of the Levees - Only Policy

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

in Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479825387
eISBN:
9781479807475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter describes the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and its aftermath. The flood caused between $230 and $360 million in property damage (up to $4.5 billion in 2010 dollars). The ... More


A Northern Army of Relief

Susan Scott Parrish

in The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691168838
eISBN:
9781400884261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691168838.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Red Cross needed to draw national and international attention to the flood to prevent it from causing greater devastation of life. Commanded by the executive branch and aided by the military, the ... More


Bessie’s Eclogue

Susan Scott Parrish

in The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691168838
eISBN:
9781400884261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691168838.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on Bessie Smith and the song she wrote that was soon to become the anthem of the Great Mississippi Flood. According to music historian David Evans, “Back-Water Blues” ultimately ... More


Richard Wright: Environment, Media, and Race

Susan Scott Parrish

in The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691168838
eISBN:
9781400884261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691168838.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter considers the extent and nature of the flood's influence on Richard Wright, and on his development as a thinker and writer. Wright saw the social and physical environments as not only ... More


The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History

Susan Scott Parrish

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691168838
eISBN:
9781400884261
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691168838.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, which covered nearly thirty thousand square miles across seven states, was the most destructive river flood in U.S. history. Due to the speed of new media and the ... More


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