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Every Day Seems Like Murder Here

Every Day Seems Like Murder Here

The Mississippi Flood Control Project in New Deal–Era America

Chapter:
(p.123) 5 Every Day Seems Like Murder Here
Source:
Backwater Blues
Author(s):
Richard M. Mizelle
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679256.003.0006

Chapter V focuses on the NAACP’s central role in exposing the mis-treatment of black levee camp workers under the federally-funded Mississippi Flood Control Project. In response to the 1927 flood, Congress passed the 1928 Flood Control Act to construct and reinforce levees in the Mississippi Valley. As accusations of wage discrimination and violence surfaced the NAACP emerged to protect black workers laboring on behalf of the federal government, eventually pushing for their inclusion under New Deal labor laws of the 1930s. Levee camp life was also a theme of blues musicians who posited an intellectual experiential framework of black labor.

Keywords:   Disasters, Blues, Historical Fiction, Great Migration, Levees, 1928 Flood Control Act, Charity, New Deal, Mississippi Flood Control Project, Yazoo Mississippi Delta

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