Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America Setting & Symbolism

John M. Barry
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Arkansas

Arkansas is a state bordering the Mississippi River. Arkansas suffers extensive flooding during the 1927 floods, primarily along the Mississippi, Arkansas, White and St. Francis Rivers. Arkansas is a member of the Tri-State Flood Control Committee, formed after the 1927 flooding to create a new strategy for dealing with the Mississippi River.

Crevasse

A crevasse is a breech in a levee caused either by sabotage or erosion. Crevasses are the result of levee failure, and they allow flooding water to leave the riverbed and pour onto adjoining areas. During 1927, a series of catastrophic crevasses lead to extensive flooding.

Delta

Also known as the Mississippi Delta or the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta, the Delta is bounded on the west by the Mississippi River and the east by the Yazoo River. It extends from about Memphis on the north to the confluence of the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers in the south, and it...

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