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The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History

Susan Scott Parrish


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. This book shows how the event took on public meanings. Americans at fir ... More

Keywords: Great Mississippi Flood, river flood, environmental disaster, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Gifford Pinchot

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691168838
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691168838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Scott Parrish, author
University of Michigan