Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America - Chapter 31 Summary & Analysis

John M. Barry
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Chapter 31 Summary

In September, much of the Mississippi River drainage basin lays in ruin and rot. At the site of most crevasses, the flooding waters have scoured new lakes. The Delta has the world's richest soil, but it is the poorest region in the nation. Hoover is placed in a position of power in the area, and he intends to make sweeping changes in the area's economy and society. Under his direction, packets of vegetable seeds are distributed to refugees, and home economists and agricultural experts teach captive audiences how to be more productive.

Hoover organizes a separate reconstruction corporation in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. He encourages bankers to invest in the corporations. The efforts are only partially successful, as area investments are far lower than expected, although nationally contributions are acceptable.

Although there is a national goodwill toward the flooded areas, less than one-third...

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