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Fatal Flood

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Footage from the 1927 Flood
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Workers along the Mississippi River try reinforcing the levees with sandbags but there is no stopping the overflowed raging river.

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During the flood, African American refugees are herded onto the levee into camps guarded by the National Guard. The guards are called in to keep African American sharecroppers from fleeing and finding work elsewhere.

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Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover meets with Will Percy in Greenville, Mississippi to survey the extent of the damage caused by the flood.

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