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Second Line RescueImprovised Responses to Katrina and Rita$
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Barry Jean Ancelet, Marcia Gaudet, and Carl Lindahl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037962

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037962.001.0001

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date: 23 October 2018

Hurricane Gumbo

Hurricane Gumbo

(p.44) Hurricane Gumbo
Second Line Rescue

Mike Davis

Anthony Fontenot

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes how the residents of Ville Platte—a poor Cajun and black Creole community in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana—opened their doors to over 5,000 displaced people they call “company” (the words “refugee” and “evacuee” are considered too impersonal, even impolite). Ville Platte’s homemade rescue and relief effort stands in striking contrast to the incompetence of higher levels of government as well as to the hostility of other, wealthier towns, including some white suburbs of New Orleans, toward influxes of evacuees, especially poor people of color.

Keywords:   Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish, rescue efforts, relief efforts, evacuees

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