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When They Blew the Levee – Race, Politics, and Community in Pinhook, Missouri - University Press of Mississippi
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When They Blew the Levee: Race, Politics, and Community in Pinhook, Missouri

David Todd Lawrence and Elaine J. Lawless

Abstract

In this ethnography of a destroyed town in southern Missouri’s Bootheel region, authors David Todd Lawrence and Elaine J. Lawless examine two conflicting narratives about the flood of 2011—one promoted by the Corps of Engineers that boasts the success of the levee breach and the flood diversion, and the other gleaned from oral narratives collected from the displaced Pinhook residents, stories that reveal a lack of concern on the part of the government for the destruction of their town. Receiving inadequate warning and no evacuation assistance during the breach, residents lost everything. Many ... More

Keywords: Levee, Breach, Pinhook, Missouri, African Americans, FEMA

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781496817730
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496817730.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Todd Lawrence, author
University of St. Thomas

Elaine J. Lawless, author
University of Missouri