Down in New Orleans : Reflections from a Drowned City / Billy Sothern.
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- Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 
1 online resource (348 pages)
- Disaster victims -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Emergency management -- Government policy -- United States.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
Hurricanes -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
- In English.
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- "Post-Katrina New Orleans hasn't been an easy place to live, it hasn't been an easy place to be in love, it hasn't been an easy place to take care of yourself or see the bright side of things." So reflects Billy Sothern in this riveting and unforgettable insider's chronicle of the epic 2005 disaster and the year that followed. Sothern, a death penalty lawyer who with his wife, photographer Nikki Page, arrived in the Crescent City four years ahead of Katrina, delivers a haunting, personal, and quintessentially American story. Writing with an idealist's passion, a journalist's eye for detail, and a lawyer's attention to injustice, Sothern recounts their struggle to come to terms with the enormity of the apocalyptic scenario they managed to live through. He guides the reader on a journey through post-Katrina New Orleans and an array of indelible images: prisoners abandoned in their cells with waters rising, a longtime New Orleans resident of Middle Eastern descent unfairly imprisoned in the days following the hurricane, trailer-bound New Orleanians struggling to make ends meet but celebrating with abandon during Mardi Gras, Latino construction workers living in their trucks. As a lawyer-activist who has devoted his life to procuring justice for some of society's most disenfranchised citizens, Sothern offers a powerful vision of what Katrina has meant to New Orleans and what it still means to the nation at large.
Chapter 1. A Man Leaves Home
Chapter 2. A Stranger Comes to Town
Chapter 3. "This Blues Is Just Too Big"
Chapter 4. A Dollar Short
Chapter 5. Poor, Nasty, Brutish, and Short
Chapter 6. Not in My Backyard
Chapter 7. Left to Die
Chapter 8. Bring the War Home
Chapter 9. The Dry Run of the Apocalypse
Chapter 10. History Repeats Itself
Chapter 11. Going Home
Chapter 12. Oxford Town
Chapter 13. I Do Believe I've Had Enough
Chapter 14. Everyday Reminders
Chapter 15. Second Line
Chapter 16. Gideon's Blues
Chapter 17. Live from the Circle Bar
Chapter 18. Corporate Limits
Chapter 19. Fat Tuesday
Chapter 20. Hard Lot
Chapter 21. La Nueva Orleans
Chapter 22. Yours in Struggle
Chapter 23. In the Parish
Chapter 24. Not Resigned
Chapter 25. Epitaph
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
- De Gruyter.
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- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1525/9780520933842 doi
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- Restricted for use by site license.
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