Mississippi Flood of 1927
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Mr. Barry examined one of the biggest natural disasters ever to take place in this country --… read more
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Mr. Barry examined one of the biggest natural disasters ever to take place in this country -- the great Mississippi Flood of 1927. In April 1927, levees on the Mississippi River broke after days of record-breaking rain. The resulting flood and its aftermath killed as many as 1,000 people and displaced about 700,000 more in the Lower Mississippi River Valley, mainly in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. At a time when the federal budget was barely $3 billion, the flood caused an estimated $1 billion in damage.
Mr. Barry discussed topics related to the flood and its effects on the region and the country. Included among the topics were the exodus of thousands of blacks from the south to the north, federal involvement in natural disaster relief, and the effects on political fortunes for politicians including Herbert Hoover and Huey P. Long. Film footage of the 1927 flood of the Mississippi was shown and Mr. Barry responded to telephone calls from viewers.
John Barry is the author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America, published by Simon and Schuster. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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