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Author Welky, David

Title The thousand-year flood : the Ohio-Mississippi disaster of 1937 / David Welky

Publisher Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, c2011


 McDonald 3rd Floor  HV610 1937.M57 W45 2011    AVAILABLE
Call # HV610 1937.M57 W45 2011
Descript xiv, 355 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Timed to coincide with the flood's 75th anniversary, "The Thousand-Year Flood" is the first comprehensive history of one of the most destructive disasters in American history. Welky first shows how decades of settlement put Ohio Valley farms and towns at risk and how politicians and planners repeatedly ignored the dangers. Then he tells the gripping story of the river's inexorable rise
Contents The river -- Roosevelt and the rivers -- Moving out, moving in -- Black Sunday -- Send a boat! -- Those who stayed -- The exiles -- Coming home -- Politics -- Moving? -- Legacies
Subject Floods -- Mississippi River Valley -- History -- 20th century
Floods -- Ohio River Valley -- History -- 20th century
Disaster relief -- United States -- History -- 20th century
New Deal, 1933-1939
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945