Great Mississippi River Flood Of Term Paper

Length: 4 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Government Type: Term Paper Paper: #55241201 Related Topics: Hurricane Katrina, Bank Of America, Concentration Camps, Servant Leadership
Excerpt from Term Paper :

"Perhaps all of this had nothing to do with the 1927 flood," he writes. "Or perhaps it did." How can he possibly question the facts presented in his own narrative? Clearly, the levies that are supposed to keep the Mississippi River out of New Orleans, and the river's busy port, which is supposed to be one of the most powerful economic engines for New Orleans, are not providing the sustaining support each is supposed to provide.

Barry mentions that because of Hoover's relationship with Moton (albeit Hoover used Moton to gain political support) Moton had access to the White House, "...more than any black man other than a servant had ever had." So the flood made interesting political "bedfellows" because Barry goes on to assert that though Hoover gave Moton "repeated promises" of help and of land resettlement actions, Hoover did "little for blacks" in his administration. There is nothing original or revolutionary in Hoover saying one thing and doing another (politicians are known for promising things they can't deliver) but by inviting Moton into the White House, Barry writes, as a direct response to the flood and its politics, this was news.

It cannot be overlooked that the 1927 flood actually gave huge powers to the Army Corps of Engineers, and it also presented engineers with "a legacy of new problems that engineers must deal with today" (Barry 422). Of course Barry's book was published in 1997, and so while he couldn't have predicted the Katrina disaster, he suggests cultural and social trouble ahead when he writes (422) that the flood "penetrated to the core of the nation, washed away surface, and revealed the nation's character." The flood then tested that character "and changed it."

Importantly, in the social aftermath of the flood, a whole population shift took


Barry writes that the flood "...shattered the myth of a quasi-feudal bond between Delta blacks and the southern aristocracy." What he means by that is blacks could no longer trust that the political and social leaders would protect them in times of crisis. "...Black Delta sharecroppers looked north to Chicago and west to Los Angeles, and out onto the freshly replenished fields" (422).

In his Appendix: The River Today, Barry acknowledges that "Project Flood" has several weak spots, and as was mentioned earlier, the rains and winds and high waters caused by Hurricane Katrina exposed some of those weak spots. The Corps of Engineers claimed that the levies they built would handle a flood "11% greater" in places than the 1927 flood could handle. That seems a bit out of place given what we know now about the levies around New Orleans.

The Army engineers were ordered by the Jadwin Plan " design an inexpensive plan" (425) and that plan, Barry notes, means that the levee system "...falls short of its design specifications." A year before his book was published, Barry's research showed that 304 miles of the levees failed to meet design height specifications; and although "most" of the levees were only one or two feet below standards, several miles between Greenville and Vicksburg "fell 6 feet short."

In conclusion, given the amount of detailed research that Barry conducted in putting this book together, it seems that he could have, in the Appendix, offered an opinion to readers as to what he believed should be done to protect the communities along the Mississippi from future disasters. "Many engineers" say the river will eventually "shift its channel to the Atchafalaya," but Barry doesn't offer an opinion as to what that would mean. He ends by saying that "man [is] determined to assert his will over the river," but clearly - in this reader's viewpoint - the river has a will of its own. Moreover, Barry could well have advocated that the federal government assume responsibility for leadership. His evidence is believable and strong, and though he could have provided more statistics on how many black families fled to Chicago and to Los Angeles, the book is convincing…

Sources Used in Documents:

Works Cited

Barry, John M. (1997). Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed

America. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Cite this Document:

"Great Mississippi River Flood Of" (2008, February 25) Retrieved December 5, 2021, from

"Great Mississippi River Flood Of" 25 February 2008. Web.5 December. 2021. <>

"Great Mississippi River Flood Of", 25 February 2008, Accessed.5 December. 2021,

Related Documents
Mississippi River Flood of 1993
Words: 2247 Length: 7 Pages Topic: Weather Paper #: 94956938

These short-term agreements should be among contingency plans drawn up before a flood arrives, although it would not always be possible to predict the dimensions of floods and the resourcefulness and responses of individuals facing the emergency. The proper approach would be a mingling of a lot of intergovernmental planning and voluntary agreements among city, county and State governments and federal agencies (Wahl). The widespread human and material distress, caused

Fatal Flood -- Causes and
Words: 1040 Length: 4 Pages Topic: American History Paper #: 92118770

According to many historians, that relief effort was instrumental in propelling Hoover into the national spotlight and eventually helped him win the 1929 presidential election. The Mississippi Flood as the Cause of Racial Tension Approximately 650,000 people were directly affected by the Mississippi Flood of 1927, having to relocate because their homes, property, and entire communities were completely destroyed by the flood. Almost half of them were housed in relief camps

Yellow River in China the
Words: 2077 Length: 6 Pages Topic: Animals Paper #: 22792997

For example, the soil in the Loess Plateau area is notoriously erodable and it is difficult to revegetate the steep slopes with a sufficiently dense cover of plantation and grass. Moreover, rainfall in the area is generally insufficient to support the growth of trees and plants even after their plantation; grazing by animals worsens the situation. Silt retention dams and structures in the silt-carrying gullies and valleys have proven

New Orleans Flood Control System: Cost and Economic Analysis
Words: 3760 Length: 12 Pages Topic: Weather Paper #: 26651194

New Orleans Flood Control System Analysis Dr. Maribel Mojica Howell This paper will look into the cost and benefit analysis of the New Orleans Flood Control System. The origin of the flood protection system and its mode of operation will also be discussed. Finally, we will evaluate the expenses of running the system as well as the valuation of expected returns in case of a subsequent calamity. The engineers faced with the task

New Orleans' Hurricane Katrina Hurricane
Words: 4582 Length: 15 Pages Topic: Weather Paper #: 75945030

Folkman, MI. California Engineer Sees Fears About New Orleans Levee system Come True, 2005 The author writes about the thoughts and experiences of Robert Bea, civil engineer at the University of California in Berkeley on the recent killer hurricane in New Orleans. Bea studied the city's levee system since 1954 when began working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, He discovered that it was not high enough and that parts

Geomorphologic Information Available on the
Words: 1375 Length: 5 Pages Topic: Animals Paper #: 64203733

(Keen-Zebert, 2007) IV. Upper Guadalupe River Bar Types include: (1) Mid-channel; (2) Scroll; (30 Convex; and (5) Point. (Keen-Zebert, 2007) Bar types group together spatially in the Upper Guadalupe River. The fluvial landscape of the Upper Guadalupe river is one that is stated to be likely the result of "regional geologic structural controls, large fluctuations in discharge and sediment supply, and the geochemical and mechanical process operating on the channel bed." (Keen-Zebert, 2007) There