Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2012 - History - 302 pages
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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.
  

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I loved this book! It was enlightening - I had no idea there was so much damage outside of the mainstream's press coverage of New Orleans. The Mississippi Story helps to set straight that imbalance ... Read full review

Contents

Katrina Impacts Mississippi This Is Our Tsunami
3
Havoc in the Aftermath
34
Hitching Up Our Britches Strength at the Bottom in a World Turned Upside Down
61
Rising from Shell Shock Sources of Resilience in State and Local Government
82
Digging Out in a Whirlwind of Contract Controversy
93
The Grace of Volunteers
114
The Long Wait for Housing
136
Disaster and Recovery in the Schools
170
The Great RedTape Battle for Public Buildings
191
Faith Hope and Jobs Progress and Frustration for the Business Recovery
214
Conclusion A Persevering People
235
Notes
243
Index
293
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About the author (2012)

James Patterson Smith is professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast campus. He is the author, with Gilbert Mason, of Beaches, Blood, and Ballots: A Black Doctor's Civil Rights Struggle, published by the University Press of Mississippi.