Visit the NOVA Web site on the flood of 1993, and learn more about the science behind floods.
Secrets of a Master Builder
Another Mississippi River story from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: James B. Eads, engineering hero of the nineteenth century, tames the mighty river! Examine his construction drawings for the St. Louis bridge, learn how bridge caissons work, find out about exploding steamboats and how doctors learned about "the bends," and read the letters he sent his wife, on this website.
A newsletter of the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, published by the National Weather Service, includes a feature article titled, "The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 - A Historical Perspective."
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
The website of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division and Mississippi River Commission (MVD/MRC) provides information about their mission and projects in the area, as wells as maps and news. See a map comparing the extent of the 1927 and 2011 floods.
Scientific Assessment and Strategy Team
The website of the federal government's Scientific Assessment and Strategy Team, hosted by the U.S. Geological Service, includes an environmental information system for the area of the Mississippi, plus a updated information about the lower Mississippi River increasing to the record height of 1927.
Waterway Experiment Station
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' Waterways Experiment Station, a research and development facility established in response to the Mississippi River flood of 1927, does work in a number of scientific and engineering fields, including flood control.
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Life on the Mississippi
The full text of Mark Twain's 1883 classic, Life on the Mississippi, is available as part of the Documenting the American South collection on the website of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.
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Berton, Pierre. Niagara: A History of the Fall. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1992.
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Bullard, Sara, ed. The Ku Klux Klan: A History of Racism and Violence. Montgomery, AL: Klanwatch, A Project of the South Poverty Law Center, 1991.
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----. Where Main Street Meets the River. New York: Rinehart, 1953.
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Conrad, Glenn R. and Carl A. Brasseaux. Crevasse! The 1927 Flood in Acadiana. Lafayette, LA: The Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1994.
Daniel, Pete, Deep'n as It Come. Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 1996.
Davidson, Osha Gray. The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South. New York: Scribner, 1996.
Davis, Allison. Deep South: A Social Anthropological Study of Caste and Class. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1941.
Groh, George. The Black Migration, The Journey to Urban America. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1972.
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Jackson, Kenneth. The Ku Klux Klan in the City. New York: Oxford University Press, 1967.
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Katz, William L. The Invisible Empire: The Ku Klux Klan Impact on History. Washington, DC: Open Hand Publishing, 1986.
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Lowe, David. Ku Klux Klan: The Invisible Empire. New York: W.W. Norton, 1967.
Maddox, James G., with E. E. Liebhafsky, Vivian W. Henderson and Herbert M. Hamlin. The Advancing South: Manpower Prospects and Problems. New York: Twentieth Century Fund, 1967.
McMillen, Neil R. Dark Journey: Black Mississippians in the Age of Jim Crow. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1990.
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Moore, Leonard. Citizen Klansmen: The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, 1921-1928. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.
Paxton, Alexander G. Three Wars and a Flood. Pamphlet. Greenville, MS: Mississippi Levee Commissioners Office, n.d.
Percy, William Alexander. Lanterns on the Levee: Recollections of a Planter's Son. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1941.
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Tigrett, John Burton. Fair and Square: A Collection of Stories from a Lifetime Among Friends. Nashville, TN: Spiridon Press, Inc., 1998.
Tindall, George Brown. The Emergence of the New South, 1913-1945. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1967.
Tucker, Richard. The Dragon and the Cross: The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan in Middle America. Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1991.
Woodman, Harold. King Cotton and His Retainers: Financing and Marketing the Cotton Crop of the South, 1800-1925. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1968.
Wright, Gavin. Old South, New South: Revolutions in the Southern Economy Since the Civil War. New York: Basic Books, 1986.
Wyatt-Brown, Bertram. The House of Percy: Honor, Melancholy, and Imagination in a Southern Family. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
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