By Susan Scott Parrish
The nice Mississippi Flood of 1927, which coated approximately thirty thousand sq. miles throughout seven states, used to be the main damaging river flood in U.S. historical past. as a result velocity of recent media and the sluggish development of the flood, this was once the 1st environmental catastrophe to be skilled on a mass scale. because it moved from north to south down an environmentally and technologically altered valley, inundating plantations and displacing greater than part one million humans, the flood provoked an extreme and lasting cultural reaction. The Flood yr 1927 attracts from newspapers, radio declares, political cartoons, vaudeville, blues songs, poetry, and fiction to teach how this occasion took on public meanings.
Americans in the beginning appeared united in what Herbert Hoover referred to as a "great reduction machine," yet deep rifts quickly arose. Southerners, pointing to defective federal levee layout, decried the assault of yank water. The of African American evacuees in “concentration camps” triggered pundits like W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells to warn of the go back of slavery to Dixie. And environmentalists like Gifford Pinchot referred to as the flood “the so much gigantic blunder in civilized history.” Susan Scott Parrish examines how those and different key figures—from entertainers Will Rogers, Miller & Lyles, and Bessie Smith to authors Sterling Brown, William Faulkner, and Richard Wright—shaped public understanding and collective reminiscence of the event.
The crises of this era that typically dominate historic money owed are battle and fiscal cave in, yet The Flood 12 months 1927 permits us to evaluate how mediated environmental failures turned crucial to trendy consciousness.
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The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History by Susan Scott Parrish