Lauren Prestileo emailed me to tell me about PBS’ American Experience and an audio file that tells the story of the "Fatal Flood" of 1927. The similarities between that story and what’s going on today with Katrina are eerie.
PBS will be rebroadcasting the film "Fatal Flood" tonight in many (but not all) markets. Here’s a brief description of the film, which tells us that sadly, this isn’t the first time that the people of New Orleans have been under water, and not the first time that America has seen the stark contrast between haves and have-nots in our society.–
In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans, inundating hundreds of towns, killing as many as a thousand people and leaving a million homeless. In Greenville, Mississippi, efforts to contain the river pitted the majority black population against an aristocratic plantation family, the Percys-and the Percys against themselves. Fatal Flood is the dramatic story of greed, power and race during one of America’s greatest natural disasters.
You can visit the "Fatal Flood" Web site at pbs.org/amex/flood.