When They Blew the LeveeWhen They Blew the Levee

Race, Politics, and Community in Pinhook, Missouri David Todd Lawrence, Elaine J. Lawless. WHEN THEY BLEW THE LEVEE WHEN THEY BLEW THE LEVEE Politics, Race, and Community in WHEN THEY BLEW THE LEVEE.

Author: David Todd Lawrence

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496817761


Page: 219

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In 2011, the Midwest suffered devastating floods. Due to the flooding, the US Army Corps of Engineers activated the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway, one of the flood prevention mechanisms of the Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries Project. This levee breach was intended to divert water in order to save the town of Cairo, Illinois, but in the process, it completely destroyed the small African American town of Pinhook, Missouri. In When They Blew the Levee: Race, Politics, and Community in Pinhook, Missouri, authors David Todd Lawrence and Elaine J. Lawless examine two conflicting narratives about the flood--one promoted by the Corps of Engineers that boasts the success of the levee breach and the flood diversion, and the other gleaned from displaced Pinhook residents, who, in oral narratives, tell a different story of neglect and indifference on the part of government officials. Receiving inadequate warning and no evacuation assistance during the breach, residents lost everything. Still after more than six years, displaced Pinhook residents have yet to receive restitution and funding for relocation and reconstruction of their town. The authors' research traces a long history of discrimination and neglect of the rights of the Pinhook community, beginning with their migration from the Deep South to southeast Missouri, through purchasing and farming the land, and up to the Birds Point levee breach nearly eighty years later. The residents' stories relate what it has been like to be dispersed in other small towns, living with relatives and friends while trying to negotiate the bureaucracy surrounding Federal Emergency Management Agency and State Emergency Management Agency assistance programs. Ultimately, the stories of displaced citizens of Pinhook reveal a strong African American community, whose bonds were developed over time and through shared traditions, a community persisting despite extremely difficult circumstances.

Second Line RescueSecond Line Rescue

At age eighty-nine, does she remember when they blew the levee in 1927? Vividly. Vividly. In 1965 was Betsy. In September of 1965. My aunt lived very close to the area where the levee was broke. And her words always was that my ...

Author: Barry Jean Ancelet

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617037962


Page: 298

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How beleaguered citizens created their own salvation when their institutions failed

Racing the StormRacing the Storm

“I heard they blew up them levees. You know, they did that before, right? But, I tell you what, ain't no accident them levees broke [following Hurricane Katrina] and it ain't no accident Black folk were left to die.

Author: Hillary Potter, University of Colorado Boulder

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739159880


Page: 320

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Racing the Storm addresses how racial stratification continues to be a factor in U.S. society and was exposed by Hurricane Katrina. The continuing significance of race is examined by considering public opinion, media representations, and government and volunteer response before, during, and after the storm.

Holding Back the RiverHolding Back the River

98 Then her brother called from New York: Lawrence and Lawless, When They Blew the Levee, 89. 99 Blowing the levees in 1937 successfully mitigated: For the history of the MR&T Project and the day-by-day story of the 2011 flood from the ...

Author: Tyler J. Kelley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781501187049


Page: 256

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A deeply human exploration of how our centuries-long dream of conquering and shaping this vast network of waterways squares with the reality of an indomitable natural world.

Katrina on StageKatrina on Stage

Trappers then. lynch: And they intentionally blew a hole in the levee??? chorus 1: And you know who knew about it, ahead of time, and gave his permission? President of the United States. [Beat.] Calvin Coolidge. Said, “Hell yeah.

Author: Suzanne M. Trauth

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810127500


Page: 295

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The plays collected in this volume give artistic expression to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, especially at the level of individual lives forever altered. Besides telling the kinds of stories that the news media could not, these plays explore the deeply rooted problems plaguing New Orleans and illuminate many social, political, and environmental issues central to American life. The factual basis of these plays serves a documentary purpose, but, as drama, they personalize the events surrounding the storm, depicting unimaginable anguish, powerlessness, and displacement as well as courage, communal spirit, and activism.

Heart Like WaterHeart Like Water

They're still doing body recovery, they tell us. ... They wear surgical masks around their necks, plastic gloves, and shoe covers. Cassandra sits on the top ... They blew the levees, they set detonators, the timing for it to go off.

Author: Joshua Clark

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416545286


Page: 288

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Try it. Right now. Picture the lights going off in the room you're sitting in. The computer, the air conditioning, phones, everything. Then the people, every last person in your building, on the street outside, the entire neighborhood, vanished. With them go all noises: chitchat, coughs, cars, and that wordless, almost impalpable hum of a city. And animals: no dogs, no birds, not even a cricket's legs rubbing together, not even a smell. Now bump it up to 95 degrees. Turn your radio on and listen to 80 percent of your city drowning. You're almost there. Only twenty-eight days to go. Joshua Clark never left New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, choosing instead to band together with fellow holdouts in the French Quarter, pooling resources and volunteering energy in an effort to save the city they loved. When Katrina hit, Clark, a key correspondent for National Public Radio during the storm, immediately began to record hundreds of hours of conversations with its victims, not only in the city but throughout the Gulf: the devastated poor and rich alike; rescue workers from around the country; reporters; local characters who could exist nowhere else but New Orleans; politicians; the woman Clark loved, in a relationship ravaged by the storm. Their voices resound throughout this memoir of a unique and little-known moment of anarchy and chaos, of heartbreaking kindness and incomprehensible anguish, of mercy and madness as only America could deliver it. Paying homage to the emotional power of Joan Didion, the journalistic authority of Norman Mailer, and the gonzo irreverence of Tom Wolfe, Joshua Clark takes us through the experiences of loss and renewal, resilience and hope, in a city unlike any other. With lyrical sympathy, humility, and humor, Heart Like Water marks an astonishing and important national debut. A portion of the author's royalties from this book will go to the Katrina Arts Relief and Emergency Support (KARES) fund, which supports New Orleans-area writers affected by the storm.Visit www.NewOrleansLiteraryInstitute.com to find out how to make a direct and positive impact on the region.


They blew the levee at New Orleans and flooded the “Cajun” country. But it was the Delta land of Mississippi which bore the brunt of “de Ol' Man's” vengeance. Levees there are sixty feet tall and the battle to save them lasted two ...

Author: James H. Street

Publisher: eNet Press

ISBN: 9781618864871


Page: 301

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James Street was born and raised in the South and was one of its most passionate and eloquent voices. Through this collection of articles from Holiday and the Saturday Evening Post the people and the cities of the South come to life ― legends are explored, contradictions examined, historical milestones noted, personal anecdotes retold, and quips and quotes of a 1950's generation recorded. Flowing through his stories are the great rivers of the South, which although sometimes merry and sometimes gloomy, wind and roll and tumble through the collection like liquid poetry. To James Street the South was heaven and :contained everything good and big and wonderful in life" ― the things that made people human. The South was a love he cherished to himself and championed to the nations. For him, it was "the measure of life, the temper of men, and the crucible of artistic sensibility."

Flood Control in the Mississippi ValleyFlood Control in the Mississippi Valley

At the same time , in 1927 , if I am not mistaken , they blew the levee at Carnavan , below New Orleans , and it carried nothing like 750,000 cubic feet . Experience shows that those breaks carry between 5000,000 and 6000,000 cubic feet ...

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on flood control


ISBN: STANFORD:36105112111948


Page: 154

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Congressional RecordCongressional Record

They blew a hole in a levee on the SCHEDULE will understand our times and know exMissouri side of the Mississippi River actly what they should do . Lord , in- filing deadline for all second - degree the levee and on other levees along ...

Author: United States. Congress


ISBN: OSU:32437123422855



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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)

Flood Control in the Mississippi ValleyFlood Control in the Mississippi Valley

It blew out , and my belief is that if they leave this levee weak , and it was the stated intention to leave it as is , that it will blow out before it is overtopped . Then we will get the water in there as we did in 1922 , and more of ...

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Flood Control


ISBN: LOC:00123569453


Page: 832

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