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RollTide4Ever
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The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927



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My dad was born in '25 in Rison, Ar-Kansas and he always said he could remember when they loaded all of their possessions in wagons and drove the livestock south to Mer Rouge, La. If not for that flood, I would have been an Arkansan.


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WildTchoupitoulas
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The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927...

...was responsible for driving black Americans away from the Republican party and into the Democratic party.


LSUgusto
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Incredible book. One the most illustrative encapsulations of Louisiana history I've ever read.


DeltaDoc
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In my Top 10 books...amazing in many ways.


tankyank13
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I didn't know climate change existed back then


hawkster
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I didn't know climate change existed back then


All because of Henry Ford and the pollution from those Model T's.


RollTide4Ever
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So was Coolidge correct? Hoover was praised but some hideous stuff happened in the "relief".


dante
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Great book. Gets into the dark side of New Orleans politics.


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Zach
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When I was a kid my mom showed me pics she took in 1927.
Me: "What's that building?"
Mom: "That's the Mt. Carmel Convent."
Me: "It doesn't look flooded."
Mom: "That's the second floor."


DonChowder
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Good read. Gives you some perspective on how the local politics have been flavored by the levee districts.


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TupeloTiger
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I grew up 5 miles from that area,heard all about it all my life,have seen many pictures in newspaper stories in local papers several times. The people got flooded in the low areas as well as cattle and deer,wild hogs,etc. They all camped out on what is known as Red Hill in tents. My own great uncle and greatgrandfather camped on the hill with hundreds of people. I've seen the pictures and walked on the area. That area is now a lot of old wood houses on the left side and upscale houses on the North side. I have a cousin and neice that live in that subdivision. The children of some of the rich farmers have 2 story homes there,now. The Hill rises about 20 feet when you drive on it. You can see where the water stopped and people camped until it receded and ran off. The Corps of Engineers started building levees after that to stop the flooding as we now have that protection. This is all on the West side of the Miss. River for about 40 miles. The right side in Mississippi is where the TV documentary and the book talk about where all the slave decendents gathered together and nearly starved, until some Vicksburg plantation owners helped them. Good story. Good history to read or watch.


Zach
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I've seen the pictures

I'll bet those were taken with the old Kodak Brownie. Sometimes called a 'box' camera. It was cube shaped and heavy.


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Bard
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My grandfather used to tell me how you could put a boat in at his house just south of Monroe and take it all the way to Vicksburg without having to hit dry land.


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BRgetthenet
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My copy got blown away in Katrina.

No shite.

CSB


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veerbone
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So was Coolidge correct? Hoover was praised but some hideous stuff happened in the "relief".


Yes. Coolidge's worst fears were eventually realized.


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supadave3
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In my Top 10 books...amazing in many ways.


I have the book but its been hard for me to get into. Only about 2 chapters into it and I set it down and never picked it back up. I should get on that.


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okietiger13
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I grew up 5 miles from that area

Same here


LSUCouyon
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One of those history books you just can't put down. It covers the idiocy involved with trying to control the Mississippi and the stories of blacks and whites and the difference in their respective experiences particularly in Greenville, Ms.
Also covers the story of how the people of St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parish got screwed.

My Dad was born in Plaucheville, La. and remembered the flood,. He would have been about 6 at the time. The water got to just under the floor of the house. The house was about 3 fett above the ground. I was surprised to read in the book that a family of 9 just disappeared when the flood waters hit their house and simply rolled over and was totally destroyed. They were never found. This happened in Plaucheville.
I highly recommend this book.


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