Thirty-six years before Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans
and southern Mississippi, the region was visited by one of the most
powerful hurricanes ever to hit the United States: Camille.
Mark M. Smith offers three highly original histories of the
storm's impact in southern Mississippi. In the first essay Smith
examines the sensory experience and impact of the hurricane-how the
storm rearranged and challenged residents' senses of smell, sight,
sound, touch, and taste. The second essay explains the way key
federal officials linked the question of hurricane relief and the
desegregation of Mississippi's public schools. Smith concludes by
considering the political economy of short- and long-term disaster
recovery, returning to issues of race and class.
Camille, 1969 offers stories of survival and
experience, of the tenacity of social justice in the face of a
natural disaster, and of how recovery from Camille worked for some
but did not work for others. Throughout these essays are lessons
about how we might learn from the past in planning for recovery
from natural disasters in the future.
Subjects: History, Environmental Science
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