Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America - Chapter 35 Summary & Analysis

John M. Barry
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Chapter 35 Summary

Hoover is the Republican candidate for president. Moton turns to him for realization of promises made, but Hoover declines to help. In the following months Moton becomes aware that Hoover has made empty promises, though Moton will never publicly criticize Hoover. Other black leaders are not so forgiving, and Hoover loses a substantial amount of the traditionally Republican black vote. Still, Hoover wins the presidency in a landslide. Although he does receive the majority of the black vote, he has essentially split the Republican Party from the black vote.

The Delta is still devastated. As late as 1928, a year after the Mounds Landing flooding, the Red Cross is still feeding 12,000 people in Washington County. Blacks leave the Delta in increasing numbers and do not return. Within a year of the flooding, approximately one half of all blacks have emigrated. In fact, blacks leave...

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