Herbert Hoover Glad Hands at the 1927 Mississippi ...

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All the more relevant today in the wake of the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi River Flood of 1927 is a precious historical document of the carnage, poverty, and people whose lives were swept away by dreadful flooding. The most destructive flood in US history, the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 had far reaching political and social ramifications, like the moving of many poor African American’s out of the South and into northern cities. What are documented on this invaluable footage are not only the devastated landscapes, but the devastated people who lost everything. Glad handing politicians come by to survey the wreckage, such as Herbert Hoover, but the stars of the film are the unfortunate impoverished.

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