Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America - Chapter 9 Summary & Analysis

John M. Barry
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Chapter 9 Summary

In 1903, James K. Vardaman is elected governor of Mississippi. He is a blatant racist who espouses intimidation and racial hatred. Even so, the Delta offers blacks a relatively safe and prosperous area in which to live, largely because of Percy's influence. When Vardaman seeks a U. S. Senate seat in 1908, Percy helps defeat him. However, Percy's involvement expends much of his influence, and he loses much of his political capital outside of the Delta.

In 1910, another U. S. Senator dies, leaving two years of his term unfilled. His successor will be selected by the State Legislator. Percy decides to attempt to gain the appointment. There are several contenders, but eventually they are reduced to two - Vardaman and Percy.

In a series of backroom dealings and influence peddling, Percy wins the special election. A local paper reports that the caucus is the most...

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