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Mississippi River Tragedies : A Century of Unnatural Disaster / Christine A. Klein, Sandra B. Zellmer.

Author/Creator:
Klein, Christine A., author., Author,
Publication:
New York, NY : New York University Press, [2014]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Subjects:
Flood control -- History -- Mississippi River.
Flood control -- Mississippi River -- History.
Flood damage prevention -- Government policy -- United States.
Floodplain management -- Government policy -- United States.
Floods -- History -- Mississippi River Valley.
Floods -- Mississippi River Valley -- History.
Hydraulic engineering -- History -- Mississippi River Valley.
Hydraulic engineering -- Mississippi River Valley -- History.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Read a free excerpt here!American engineers have done astounding things to bend the Mississippi River to their will: forcing one of its tributaries to flow uphill, transforming over a thousand miles of roiling currents into a placid staircase of water, and wresting the lower half of the river apart from its floodplain. American law has aided and abetted these feats. But despite our best efforts, so-called "natural disasters" continue to strike the Mississippi basin, as raging floodwaters decimate waterfront communities and abandoned towns literally crumble into the Gulf of Mexico. In some places, only the tombstones remain, leaning at odd angles as the underlying soil erodes away. Mississippi River Tragedies reveals that it is seductively deceptive-but horribly misleading-to call such catastrophes "natural." Authors Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer present a sympathetic account of the human dreams, pride, and foibles that got us to this point, weaving together engaging historical narratives and accessible law stories drawn from actual courtroom dramas. The authors deftly uncover the larger story of how the law reflects and even amplifies our ambivalent attitude toward nature-simultaneously revering wild rivers and places for what they are, while working feverishly to change them into something else. Despite their sobering revelations, the authors' final message is one of hope. Although the acknowledgement of human responsibility for unnatural disasters can lead to blame, guilt, and liability, it can also prod us to confront the consequences of our actions, leading to a liberating sense of possibility and to the knowledge necessary to avoid future disasters.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION
1. AN UNNATURAL RIVER
2. A DECADE OF RECORD FLOODS (1903-1913)
3. THE FLOOD OF 1927
4. THE FLOOD OF 1937
5. MID-CENTURY FLOODS IN THE MISSOURI RIVER BASIN
6. HURRICANE BETSY OF 1965
7. THE FLOOD OF 1993
8. HURRICANE KATRINA OF 2005
9. RUINED LIVES
10. DOUBLE-TAKES
CONCLUSION.
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jun 2020)
Contributor:
Zellmer, Sandra B., author., Author,
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9781479807475
Publisher Number:
10.18574/9781479807475 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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