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Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer


American engineers have done astounding things to bend the Mississippi River to their will: forcing one of its tributaries to flow uphill, transforming over a thousand miles of roiling currents into a placid staircase of water, and wresting the lower half of the river apart from its floodplain. American law has aided and abetted these feats. But despite best efforts, so-called “natural disasters” continue to strike the Mississippi basin, as raging floodwaters decimate waterfront communities and abandoned towns literally crumble into the Gulf of Mexico. In some places, only the tombstones remai ... More

Keywords: Mississippi River, natural disasters, Mississippi basin, floodwaters, wild rivers, unnatural disasters, human responsibility, future disasters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479825387
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine A. Klein, author

Sandra B. Zellmer, author