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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

“Don’t Get Stuck on Stupid”

“Don’t Get Stuck on Stupid”

General Honoré as Culture Hero

(p.62) “Don’t Get Stuck on Stupid”
Second Line Rescue

Marcia Gaudet

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, who was elevated to the status of folk or culture hero in post-Katrina New Orleans. It asks—what is it that people saw in this particular situation and this particular person that quickly made him a hero? General Honoré arrived in New Orleans and took command of the federal military operations. He is widely credited with changing this perspective and bringing an understanding that they were engaged in a humanitarian mission.

Keywords:   Hurricane Katrina, Russel Honoré, disaster relief, New Orleans, federal military operation, humanitarian mission

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