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Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America
Rising Tide The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America
Author: John M. Barry
An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known -- the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the homes of nearly one million people, helped elect Huey Long governor an...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780684840024
ISBN-10: 0684840022
Publication Date: 4/2/1998
Pages: 528
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Publisher: Simon Schuster
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America on + 11 more book reviews
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For history buffs, this fascinating look at the Great Missippi Flood of 1927 uncovers not only the bad science that led to massive flooding after heavy rains, but the underlying social tensions of the time (racism, politics, high society, etc.) that contributed the severity of the disaster. It's incredible how little Americans know of the history of our country, but this book provides readable insight to the issues of the early 20th-century South. Always interesting, sometimes infuriating, this book will make a history buff out of just about anyone.
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The premise of this book is to tell the story of the 1927 flood and some of the dramatic impacts it had on America. Sadly, the author casts his net so wide that the amount of information is overwhelming and players that could have had "bit" parts in this retelling are given more than their fair share. There is a lot of interesting detail and history here that most will have not heard before.
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reviewed Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America on + 80 more book reviews
"Rising Tide" is about the lifestyle and political control of the Mississippi aristocrats who lived like royalty in the delta area of Mississippi. After the War to keep the blacks from moving north they found a way to keep blacks on the farm, the landowners particularly the Percy family invented sharecropping. This gave them a chance to make more money from farming and provided the landowners the labor the crops required. They needed blacks for labor and when the blacks finally started to move north they started importing Italians. The Italians didn't respond to the work conditions and the weather they found in the delta. The top soil in the US averaged about 6 inches, but in the soil in the delta it was 10 feet deep making it he richest soil in the world. The land owners didn't even have to use fertilizer for cotton and their cotton was highly resistant to the boil weevil. The beginning of the book starts out with a foundation for the cause of the flood, and the state, federal, and military politics involved. The reader will find out that the amount of rain that fell mainly on the plain was not the only factor which caused the great flood. Historians will be attracted to this book. I enjoyed it.
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Very interesting book. I read it several years ago but learned a lot from it. As I recall, it does not present a very favorable picture of the Corps of Engineers or the politicians involved in decision making before and during the flood. The Mississippi would not let men control it.


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