Over 1,700 people died, making it the worst marine disaster in U.S. history. This book looks at the disaster through the eyes of the victims themselves.
Author: Gene Salecker
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
At two o’clock in the morning on 27 April 1865, seven miles north of Memphis on the Mississippi, the sidewheel steamboat Sultana’s boilers suddenly exploded. Legally registered to carry 376 people, the boat was packed with 2,100 recently released Union prisoners-of-war. Over 1,700 people died, making it the worst marine disaster in U.S. history. This book looks at the disaster through the eyes of the victims themselves. It offers a concise, minute-by-minute account on the cause of the explosion and its effect on different parts of the boat. To focus on the personal stories of the victims, both civilian and soldier, Gene Eric Salecker patiently collected material from hundreds of letters, period newspaper stories, and other sources. Readers are first introduced to victims while they are languishing in Confederate prisons and follow their release to an exchange camp outside of Vicksburg to their eventual crowding onto the Sultana. His knowledgeable narrative is interwoven with individual reminiscences, including those of the heroic rescuers. He offers unprecedented details about the captain’s handling of the steamboat and corrects some long-held myths about the placement of the soldiers on the Sultana and newspaper coverage of the disaster. A large portion of the book covers rescue attempts, both successful and failed, and the aftermath of the disaster as it affected those involved. With its emphasis on the human-interest aspect of the Sultana, this book brings to the literature a critical point of view and much new research.
In Mississippi After Katrina, Jennifer Trivedi takes an holistic anthropological lens to the city of Biloxi, Mississippi, and illustrates how Hurricane Katrina revealed the cultural, political, and economic issues that shaped the community ...
Author: Jennifer Trivedi
Publisher: Lexington Books
In Mississippi After Katrina, Jennifer Trivedi takes an holistic anthropological lens to the city of Biloxi, Mississippi, and illustrates how Hurricane Katrina revealed the cultural, political, and economic issues that shaped the community's history, the storm's impact, and Biloxi's long-term recovery from Katrina.
Author: James Patterson SmithPublish On: 2012-03-05
This book presents the fullest account yet written of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Author: James Patterson Smith
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
This book presents the fullest account yet written of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Rooted in a wealth of oral histories, it tells the dramatic but underreported story of a people who confronted the unprecedented devastation of sixty five thousand homes when the eye wall and powerful northeast quadrant of the hurricane swept a record thirty-foot storm surge across a seventy-five-mile stretch of unprotected Mississippi towns and cities. James Patterson Smith takes us through life and death accounts of storm day, August 29, 2005, and the precarious days of food and water shortages that followed. Along the way the narrative treats us to inspiring episodes of neighborly compassion and creative responses to the greatest natural disaster in American history. The heroes of this saga are the local people and local officials. In often moving accounts, the book addresses the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s long struggle to remove a record-setting volume of debris and get on with the rebuilding of homes, schools, jobs, and public infrastructure. Along the way readers are offered insights into the politics of recovery funding and the bureaucratic bungling and hubris that afflicted the storm response and complicated and delayed the work of recovery. Still, there are ample accounts of things done well, and a moving chapter gives us a feel for the psychological, spiritual, and material impact of the eight hundred thousand people from across the nation who gave of themselves as volunteers in the Mississippi recovery effort.
This volume examines the rebuilding of cities and their environs after a disaster and focuses on four major issues: making cities less vulnerable to disaster, reestablishing economic viability, responding to the permanent needs of the ...
Author: Eugenie L. Birch
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Category: Social Science
Disasters—natural ones, such as hurricanes, floods, or earthquakes, and unnatural ones such as terrorist attacks—are part of the American experience in the twenty-first century. The challenges of preparing for these events, withstanding their impact, and rebuilding communities afterward require strategic responses from different levels of government in partnership with the private sector and in accordance with the public will. Disasters have a disproportionate effect on urban places. Dense by definition, cities and their environs suffer great damage to their complex, interdependent social, environmental, and economic systems. Social and medical services collapse. Long-standing problems in educational access and quality become especially acute. Local economies cease to function. Cultural resources disappear. The plight of New Orleans and several smaller Gulf Coast cities exemplifies this phenomenon. This volume examines the rebuilding of cities and their environs after a disaster and focuses on four major issues: making cities less vulnerable to disaster, reestablishing economic viability, responding to the permanent needs of the displaced, and recreating a sense of place. Success in these areas requires that priorities be set cooperatively, and this goal poses significant challenges for rebuilding efforts in a democratic, market-based society. Who sets priorities and how? Can participatory decision-making be organized under conditions requiring focused, strategic choices? How do issues of race and class intersect with these priorities? Should the purpose of rebuilding be restoration or reformation? Contributors address these and other questions related to environmental conditions, economic imperatives, social welfare concerns, and issues of planning and design in light of the lessons to be drawn from Hurricane Katrina.
Lessons from Hurricane Katrina Donald J. Kettl Ronald Daniels, Donald Kettl,
Howard Kunreuther, National Symposium on Risk And Disasters. Mississippi by
the Red-Atchafalaya system. To block, or perhaps only delay, this process, the ...
Author: Donald J. Kettl
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Category: Political Science
Leading experts address questions of public and private roles in assessing, managing, and mitigating major risks to public health and safety in light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
In this book, author and Mississippi River historian Dean Klinkenberg explores the many disastrous events to have occurred on and along the river in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries--from steamboat explosions, to Yellow Fever ...
Author: Dean Klinkenberg
In his memoir, Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain personified the river as "Sudden Death and General Desolation! Sired by a hurricane, dam'd by an earthquake, half-brother to the cholera, nearly related to the small-pox on the mother's side! Look at me! I take nineteen alligators and a bar'l of whiskey for breakfast when I'm in robust health, and a bushel of rattlesnakes and a dead body when I'm ailing!" Twain's time as a steamboat pilot showed him the true character of The Great River, with its unpredictable moods and hidden secrets. Still a vital route for U.S. shipping, the Mississippi River has given life to riverside communities, manufacturing industries, fishing, tourism, and other livelihoods. But the Mighty Mississippi has also claimed countless lives as tribute to its muddy waters. Climate and environmental conditions made the Mississippi the perfect incubator for diseases like malaria. Natural disasters like tornadoes, floods, and even an earthquake have changed and reshaped the river's banks over thousands of years. Shipwrecks and steamboat explosions were once common in the difficult-to-navigate waters. But when there was money to be made, there were some willing to risk it all--from the brave steamboat captains who went down with their ships, to the illegal moonshiners and pirates who pillaged the river's bounty. In this book, author and Mississippi River historian Dean Klinkenberg explores the many disastrous events to have occurred on and along the river in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries--from steamboat explosions, to Yellow Fever epidemics, floods, and Prohibition piracy. Enjoy this journey into the darkest deeds of the Mississippi River.
A natural disaster that threatens Mississippi is asteroids. Asteroids are stones
hurdling through space. When they enter the earth's atmosphere, they burn out,
appearing as beautiful "shooting" or "falling stars". But sometimes meteors don't ...
The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 Nineteen-twenty-seven was not the first year
that the Mississippi River overflowed. The river had its own natural cycle, usually
flooding in the spring and again in early summer ... then settling back into its ...
Author: Kevin R. Kosar
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the press has looked to the past for examples of fed. responses to natural disasters that might serve as models for emulation today. The fed. response to the flood of 1927 featured Sec. of Commerce Herbert Hoover as the director of the flood response and wielding immense executive powers. This report describes the flood of 1927, and assesses the fed. government¿s response. Pres. Calvin Coolidge created a quasi-governmental commission that included members of his Cabinet and the Red Cross. This commission encouraged the public to donate funds to the relief effort and gave Hoover near-absolute authority to organize and oversee its response. A print on demand report.
The Mississippi Homeowner Assistance Program was designed to provide a one-
time grant payment, up to a maximum of ... After the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes,
Congress made $5.5 billion available to Mississippi for disaster recovery.
Author: Matthew J. Scire
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
In response to the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes, Congress provided about $130 billion in disaster recovery assistance, including assistance for permanent housing. The objectives of this report were to review: (1) how federal disaster-related assistance for permanent housing has been provided to homeowners and rental property owners; (2) the extent to which federally funded programs have responded to the needs of homeowners and rental property owners; and (3) the challenges that homeowners and rental property owners have faced in applying for and using fed. assistance, and potential options for addressing these challenges. Includes recommendations. Charts and tables.
The Nature of Recovery Recovery is the process of restoring, rebuilding, and
reshaping physical infrastructure, social and economic systems, and the natural
environment, ultimately returning to a stable state following a disaster.7 Recovery
Author: Susan Cutter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in August 2005 with devastating consequences. Almost all analyses of the disaster have been dedicated to the way the hurricane affected New Orleans. This volume examines the impact of Katrina on southern Mississippi. While communities along Mississippi's Gulf Coast shared the impact, their socioeconomic and demographic compositions varied widely, leading to different types and rates of recovery. This volume furthers our understanding of the pace of recovery and its geographic extent, and explores the role of inequalities in the recovery process and those antecedent conditions that could give rise to a 'recovery divide'. It will be especially appealing to researchers and advanced students of natural disasters and policy makers dealing with disaster consequences and recovery.
As a result of ongoing budget negotiations between FEMA and Mississippi, the
state-managed DCM-P program in Mississippi did not begin until August 2008,
approximately 2 months after it was scheduled to, according to officials from the ...
Author: Kay Brown
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
As a result of the unprecedented damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the fed. gov¿t., for the first time, funded several disaster case mgmt. programs. These programs help victims access services for disaster-related needs. This report reviewed: (1) steps the fed. gov¿t. took to support disaster case mgmt. programs after the hurricanes; (2) the extent to which fed. agencies oversaw the implementation of these programs; (3) challenges case mgmt. agencies experienced in delivering disaster case mgmt. services; and (4) how these programs will inform the development of a fed. case mgmt. program for future disasters. The author conducted site visits to Louisiana and Mississippi. Includes recommendations. Illustrations.
Author: American National Red CrossPublish On: 1938
Viewed in the absence of a better method of measurement , from the standpoint
of amount expended , it is much larger than any previous disaster . It nearly
equals the two largest previous disasters — the Mississippi Valley Flood of 1927
Thus, although European settlers in the Mississippi valley probably didn't know
that large earthquakes could happen there, their Indian neighbors did. As far as
we know, the first humans hit by one of these large earthquakes were Indians ...
Author: Seth Stein
Publisher: Columbia University Press
A geologist takes readers inside contemporary earthquake research to offer a new account of the Midwest’s legendary New Madrid fault—“an exceptional read” (Choice). In the winter of 1811-12, a series of large earthquakes in the New Madrid seismic zone shook the Midwest. These historic geological events are often incorrectly described as the biggest ever to hit the United States. Today the federal government ranks the earthquake hazard in the Midwest as high as California's and is pressuring communities to undertake expensive preparations for disaster. In Disaster Deferred, geologist Seth Stein revisits these earthquakes, the legends that have grown around them, and the predictions of doom that have followed in their wake. He details how limited scientific knowledge, bureaucratic instincts, and the media's love of a good story have exaggerated these hazards. Debunking the hype, Stein explains how contemporary seismological techniques—including the use of GPS—painting a very different-and much less frightening-picture of the future. Using new geological ideas and data, he calls for a more sensible, less costly policy. “An essential book for policy makers, economists, and notably educators.”—Choice
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works. Subcommittee on Disaster ReliefPublish On: 1973
Within a week the question was answered by 18 disaster teams to Pennsylvania
from the U.S. Office of Education . ... for the Record and answers to questions
which were raised during your Subcommittee's hearings in Biloxi , Mississippi .
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works. Subcommittee on Disaster Relief
Methodology. To examine how Gulf Coast states allocated their share of
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, we focused our review on
the states of Louisiana and Mississippi—the states most directly affected by the
2005 Gulf ...
Author: Stanley J. Czerwinski
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Almost 4 years after the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes, the region continues to face daunting rebuilding challenges. To date, $19.7 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds have been appropriated for Gulf Coast rebuilding assistance -- the largest amount in the history of the program. This is a report on: (1) how Louisiana and Mississippi allocated their shares of CDBG funds; (2) what difficulties Louisiana faced in administering its housing recovery program; and (3) what human capital challenges Louisiana and Mississippi encountered and the efforts taken to address those challenges. The author interviewed fed. and state officials and reviewed budget data, fed. regulations, and state policies and planning documents. Tables and charts.
This collection of polemical essays explores the extent to which African Americans and others were, and are, disproportionately affected by the natural and manmade forces that caused Hurricane Katrina.
Author: Jeremy I. Levitt
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Mississippi. The storm devastated the region and its citizens. But its devastation did not reach across racial and class lines equally. In an original combination of research and advocacy, Hurricane Katrina: America s Unnatural Disaster questions the efficacy of the national and global responses to Katrina s central victims, African Americans. This collection of polemical essays explores the extent to which African Americans and others were, and are, disproportionately affected by the natural and manmade forces that caused Hurricane Katrina. Such an engaged study of this tragic event forces us to acknowledge that the ways in which we view our history and life have serious ramifications on modern human relations, public policy, and quality of life.
Some of the effects of the disasters are reflected in disasters destroyed $ 12.0
billion in uninsured fixed asthe source data ... effects on wages cooperatives in
Louisiana , $ 1.6 billion in Mississippi , mentioned above and the effects of disaster ...