Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America Topics for Discussion

John M. Barry
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How do Eads' early experiences in salvage on the Mississippi River enable him to understand the river in ways that Humphreys cannot?

Explain how the disparate views of river management proposed by Ellet, Eads and Humphreys gradually become synthesized into the official levees-only policy of early twentieth-century Mississippi River management.

Instead of controlling the Mississippi River, today's river management policy focuses on minimizing flooding and containing the river. Are these efforts likely to be successful over the long term?

Contrast the attitudes toward race of LeRoy Percy and his son William Alexander Percy.

What methods does LeRoy Percy use to largely prevent the Ku Klux Klan from dominating Washington County, Mississippi, politics in the 1920s?

Describe the physical process of levee construction, and explain the causes of levee failure.

How is the scope of the flooding in 1927 best described? In terms of area flooded...

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