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By Richard M. Mizelle Jr.

ISBN-10: 0816679258

ISBN-13: 9780816679256

ISBN-10: 0816679266

ISBN-13: 9780816679263

The Mississippi River flood of 1927 used to be the main harmful river flood in U.S. background, reshaping the social and cultural panorama in addition to the actual surroundings. frequently remembered as an occasion that altered flood keep watch over coverage and increased the stature of robust politicians, Richard M. Mizelle Jr. examines where of the flood inside of African American cultural reminiscence and the profound methods it prompted migration styles within the United States.

In Backwater Blues, Mizelle analyzes the catastrophe during the lenses of race and charity, blues song, and mobility and hard work. The book’s name comes from Bessie Smith’s “Backwater Blues,” probably the best-known tune in regards to the flood. Mizelle notes that the devastation produced the richest groundswell of blues recordings following any environmental disaster in U.S. background, with greater than fifty songs by means of numerous singers evoking the disruptive strength of the flood and the precariousness of the levees initially built to guard voters. Backwater Blues unearths better relationships among social and environmental historical past. in accordance with Mizelle, musicians, Harlem Renaissance artists, fraternal firms, and Creole migrants all shared a feeling of vulnerability within the face of either the Mississippi River and a white supremacist society. for that reason, the Mississippi flood of 1927 was once not only an environmental predicament yet a racial occasion.

Challenging long-standing rules of African American environmental complacency, Mizelle deals insights into the wider dynamics of human interactions with nature in addition to ways that nature is mediated in the course of the social and political dynamics of race.Includes discography.

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