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The Resource The flood year 1927 : a cultural history, Susan Scott Parrish

The flood year 1927 : a cultural history, Susan Scott Parrish

Label
The flood year 1927 : a cultural history
Title
The flood year 1927
Title remainder
a cultural history
Statement of responsibility
Susan Scott Parrish
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 slow progress of the flood, this was the first environmental disaster to be experienced on a mass scale. As it moved from north to south down an environmentally and technologically altered valley, inundating plantations and displacing more than half a million people, the flood provoked an intense and lasting cultural response. The Flood Year 1927 draws from newspapers, radio broadcasts, political cartoons, vaudeville, blues songs, poetry, and fiction to show how this event took on public meanings. Americans at first seemed united in what Herbert Hoover called a "great relief machine," but deep rifts soon arose. Southerners, pointing to faulty federal levee design, decried the attack of Yankee water. The condition of African American evacuees in "concentration camps" prompted pundits like W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells to warn of the return of slavery to Dixie. And environmentalists like Gifford Pinchot called the flood "the most colossal blunder in civilized history." Susan Scott Parrish examines how these and other key figures--from entertainers Will Rogers, Miller & Lyles, and Bessie Smith to authors Sterling Brown, William Faulkner, and Richard Wright--shaped public awareness and collective memory of the event. The crises of this period that usually dominate historical accounts are war and financial collapse, but The Flood Year 1927 enables us to assess how mediated environmental disasters became central to modern consciousness" -- From the publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Parrish, Susan Scott
Dewey number
  • 977/.043
  • 976./042
  • 977./032
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F354
LC item number
.P27 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Floods
  • Disaster relief
  • Mississippi River Valley
  • Mississippi River Valley
  • Mississippi River Valley
Label
The flood year 1927 : a cultural history, Susan Scott Parrish
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223122223085
  • 31223122223077
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Modern overflow -- Disaster's public. A northern army of relief -- Cross talk in the press -- Bessie's eclogue -- Catastrophe comes to Vaudeville -- Modernism within a second nature. William Faulkner and the machine age watershed -- Richard Wright : environment, media, and race -- Conclusion : Noah's kin
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 396 pages
Isbn
9780691168838
Lccn
2016009841
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)946254933
Label
The flood year 1927 : a cultural history, Susan Scott Parrish
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223122223085
  • 31223122223077
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Modern overflow -- Disaster's public. A northern army of relief -- Cross talk in the press -- Bessie's eclogue -- Catastrophe comes to Vaudeville -- Modernism within a second nature. William Faulkner and the machine age watershed -- Richard Wright : environment, media, and race -- Conclusion : Noah's kin
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 396 pages
Isbn
9780691168838
Lccn
2016009841
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)946254933

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