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Backwater BluesThe Mississippi Flood of 1927 in the African American Imagination$
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Richard M. Mizelle Jr.

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679256

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679256.001.0001

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Racialized Charity and the Militarization of Flood Relief in Postwar America

Racialized Charity and the Militarization of Flood Relief in Postwar America

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(p.75) 3 Racialized Charity and the Militarization of Flood Relief in Postwar America
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Backwater Blues
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Richard M. Mizelle

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679256.003.0004

Chapter III recasts the 1927 flood as a watershed moment in the nation’s consciousness of responding to disasters. As the country made the transition into peace after World War I, Americans were asked to demonstrate patriotism in ways that reflected narratives of post-war militarism in American society. Importantly racialized questions of self-help and charity took shape within this context of environmentalism as African Americans throughout the country sought alternatives to the American Red Cross

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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