[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive]
Rollover text informationAmerican Experience Logo
Fatal Flood

spacer above content
Further Reading

Web Sites | Books

Visit the NOVA Web site on the flood of 1993, and learn more about the science behind floods.

Secrets of a Master Builder
Another Mississippi River story from American Experience: James B. Eads, engineering hero of the nineteenth century, tames the mighty river! Examine his construction drawings for the St. Louis bridge, learn how bridge caissons work, find out about exploding steamboats and how doctors learned about "the bends," and read the letters he sent his wife, on this Web site.

Crawfish Tales
A newsletter of the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, published by the National Weather Service, includes a feature article titled, "The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 - A Historical Perspective."

The Great Mississippi River
The U. S. Mississippi River Commission and Boise State University jointly sponsor this site. The "River Gallery" section of the site includes archival photos and accompanying text about the Great Flood of 1927.

1993 Post-Flood Report
http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/PublicAffairsOffice/ HistoricArchives/Floodof1993/pafr.htm
Read the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' report on the Mississippi River flood of 1993, which includes data on the 1927 flood.

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
The Web site of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division and Mississippi River Commission (MVD/MRC) provides information about their mission and projects in the area, as wells as maps and news.

Scientific Assessment and Strategy Team
The Web site of the federal government's Scientific Assessment and Strategy Team, hosted by the U. S. Geological Service, includes an environmental information system for the area of the Mississippi, plus a report on flood management titled "Sharing the Challenge: Flood Plain Management Into the 21st Century."

Waterway Experiment Station
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' Waterways Experiment Station, a research and development facility established in response to the Mississippi River flood of 1927, does work in a number of scientific and engineering fields, including flood control.

Community to the Rescue: Natural Disasters as Catalysts of Aid
http://www.usd.edu/honors/The House the West Built/hwb_t/missi.html
Students of the University of South Dakota's honors program created this Web site, which explores community responses to the victims of natural disasters. The site includes links to a number of relief organizations, as well as a summary page on the 1927 Mississippi River flood.

The Blues Channel
Radio host Mai Cramer's Web site includes a number of interviews with contemporary blues artists.

Life on the Mississippi
The full text of Mark Twain's 1883 classic, Life on the Mississippi, is available as part of the Documenting the American South collection on the Web site of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.

Web Sites | Books

The 1927 Flood in Desha County. Desha County, Arkansas Historical Society, Vol. 2, No. 2.

Baker, Lewis. The Percys of Mississippi: Politics and Literature in the New South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1983.

Barry, John. Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998.

Basic Information About Niagara. Published by the Niagara Falls Convention and Visitors' Bureau. 1999.

Bell, Charles G. Delta Return. Dunwoody, GA: Norman S. Berg, Publisher, 1969.

Berton, Pierre. Niagara: A History of the Fall. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1992.

Branforn, Robert L. Cotton Kingdom of the New South: A History of the Yazoo Mississippi Delta From Reconstruction to the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1967.

Bullard, Sara, ed. The Ku Klux Klan: A History of Racism and Violence. Montgomery, AL: Klanwatch, A Project of the South Poverty Law Center, 1991.

Carter, Hodding. The Lower Mississippi. New York: Rinehart, 1942.

----. Where Main Street Meets the River. New York: Rinehart, 1953.

Cobb, James C. The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Cohn, David. From Where I Was Born and Raised. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1948.

Conrad, Glenn R. and Carl A. Brasseaux. Crevasse! The 1927 Flood in Acadiana. Lafayette, LA: The Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1994.

Daniel, Pete, Deep'n as It Come. Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 1996.

Davidson, Osha Gray. The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South. New York: Scribner, 1996.

Davis, Allison. Deep South: A Social Anthropological Study of Caste and Class. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1941.

Groh, George. The Black Migration, The Journey to Urban America. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1972.

Hemphill, Marie M. Fevers, Floods and Faith: A History of Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1844-1976. Indianola, Mississippi: Sunflower County Historical Society, 1980.

Jackson, Kenneth. The Ku Klux Klan in the City. New York: Oxford University Press, 1967.

Johnson, Daniel and Rex Campbell. Black Migration in America: A Social Demographic History. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1981.

Jones, Marcus. Black Migration in the U. S. with Emphasis on Select Central Cities. Saratoga, CA: Century Twenty-One Publishers, 1980.

Katz, William L. The Invisible Empire: The Ku Klux Klan Impact on History. Washington, DC: Open Hand Publishing, 1986.

Lomax, Alan. The Land Where the Blues Began. New York: Dell Publishing, 1993.

Lowe, David. Ku Klux Klan: The Invisible Empire. New York: W.W. Norton, 1967.

Maddox, James G., with E. E. Liebhafsky, Vivian W. Henderson and Herbert M. Hamlin. The Advancing South: Manpower Prospects and Problems. New York: Twentieth Century Fund, 1967.

McMillen, Neil R. Dark Journey: Black Mississippians in the Age of Jim Crow. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1990.

The Mississippi Valley Flood Disaster of 1927: Official Report of Relief Operations. Washington, DC: American Red Cross, 1927.

Moore, Leonard. Citizen Klansmen: The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, 1921-1928. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.

Paxton, Alexander G. Three Wars and a Flood. Pamphlet. Greenville, MS: Mississippi Levee Commissioners Office, n.d.

Percy, William Alexander. Lanterns on the Levee: Recollections of a Planter's Son. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1941.

Red Cross. Statistical Summary of Losses. Red Cross Papers, Box 735.

Rowland, Dunbar. History of Mississippi: The Heart of the South. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing, 1925.

Stone, Alfred. The Negro in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta. Publication of the American Economic Association. 3rd series, vol. 3. New York, 1902.

Tigrett, John Burton. Fair and Square: A Collection of Stories from a Lifetime Among Friends. Nashville, TN: Spiridon Press, Inc., 1998.

Tindall, George Brown. The Emergence of the New South, 1913-1945. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1967.

Tucker, Richard. The Dragon and the Cross: The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan in Middle America. Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1991.

Woodman, Harold. King Cotton and His Retainers: Financing and Marketing the Cotton Crop of the South, 1800-1925. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1968.

Wright, Gavin. Old South, New South: Revolutions in the Southern Economy Since the Civil War. New York: Basic Books, 1986.

Wyatt-Brown, Bertram. The House of Percy: Honor, Melancholy, and Imagination in a Southern Family. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Site Navigation

The Film & More: Film Description | Transcript | Primary Sources | Further Reading

Fatal Flood Home | The Film & More | Special Features | Timeline | Maps | People & Events | Teacher's Guide

American Experience | Feedback | Search & Site Map | Shop | Subscribe | Web Credits

© New content 1999-2000 PBS Online / WGBH

Exclusive Corporate Funding is provided by: