Over 1,700 people died, making it the worst marine disaster in U.S. history. This book looks at the disaster through the eyes of the victims themselves.
Author: Gene Salecker
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
At two o’clock in the morning on 27 April 1865, seven miles north of Memphis on the Mississippi, the sidewheel steamboat Sultana’s boilers suddenly exploded. Legally registered to carry 376 people, the boat was packed with 2,100 recently released Union prisoners-of-war. Over 1,700 people died, making it the worst marine disaster in U.S. history. This book looks at the disaster through the eyes of the victims themselves. It offers a concise, minute-by-minute account on the cause of the explosion and its effect on different parts of the boat. To focus on the personal stories of the victims, both civilian and soldier, Gene Eric Salecker patiently collected material from hundreds of letters, period newspaper stories, and other sources. Readers are first introduced to victims while they are languishing in Confederate prisons and follow their release to an exchange camp outside of Vicksburg to their eventual crowding onto the Sultana. His knowledgeable narrative is interwoven with individual reminiscences, including those of the heroic rescuers. He offers unprecedented details about the captain’s handling of the steamboat and corrects some long-held myths about the placement of the soldiers on the Sultana and newspaper coverage of the disaster. A large portion of the book covers rescue attempts, both successful and failed, and the aftermath of the disaster as it affected those involved. With its emphasis on the human-interest aspect of the Sultana, this book brings to the literature a critical point of view and much new research.
The authors deftly uncover the larger story of how the law reflects and even amplifies our ambivalent attitude toward nature—simultaneously revering wild rivers and places for what they are, while working feverishly to change them into ...
Author: Christine A. Klein
Publisher: NYU Press
Read a free excerpt here! 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 our 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 remain, leaning at odd angles as the underlying soil erodes away. Mississippi River Tragedies reveals that it is seductively deceptive—but horribly misleading—to call such catastrophes “natural.” Authors Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer present a sympathetic account of the human dreams, pride, and foibles that got us to this point, weaving together engaging historical narratives and accessible law stories drawn from actual courtroom dramas. The authors deftly uncover the larger story of how the law reflects and even amplifies our ambivalent attitude toward nature—simultaneously revering wild rivers and places for what they are, while working feverishly to change them into something else. Despite their sobering revelations, the authors’ final message is one of hope. Although the acknowledgement of human responsibility for unnatural disasters can lead to blame, guilt, and liability, it can also prod us to confront the consequences of our actions, leading to a liberating sense of possibility and to the knowledge necessary to avoid future disasters.
There was relatively little federal government involvement to begin with, compared with contemporary disaster relief, ... 13 Lohof, “Herbert Hoover, Spokesman of Humane Efficiency: The Mississippi Flood of 1927,” American Quarterly 22 ...
Author: Patrick S. Roberts
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Political Science
Disasters and the American State offers a thesis about the trajectory of federal government involvement in preparing for disaster shaped by contingent events. Politicians and bureaucrats claim credit for the government's successes in preparing for and responding to disaster, and they are also blamed for failures outside of government's control. New interventions have created precedents and established organizations and administrative cultures that accumulated over time and produced a general trend in which citizens, politicians and bureaucrats expect the government to provide more security from more kinds of disasters. The trend reached its peak when the Federal Emergency Management Agency adopted the idea of preparing for 'all hazards' as its mantra. Despite the rhetoric, however, the federal government's increasingly bold claims and heightened public expectations are disproportionate to the ability of the federal government to prevent or reduce the damage caused by disaster.
The Sultana Tragedy Author; Jerry O.Potter Pelican Publishing 1992 Page 43, Disaster on the Mississippi, Author: Gene Salecker. Publisher, Naval Institute Press page 11 136. Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877) By Jody Cosson Page ...
Author: Robert R. Smith
Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.
This book follows the life of John. H. King from 1831 until his death in 1893. Although John was a survivor, he lived a problem plagued and pathetic existence that make the fascinating events of his life an unusual and emotional story. It is the story of a man whom fate chose to survive when others did not. The book follows John from his birth in Cincinnati, Ohio, his training as a blacksmith, his migration to Indiana, his enlistment in the 9th Indiana Cavalry his survival of the tragedies that await him From skirmishes and capture by the Rebs, his life threatening imprisonment at Andersonville prison and his survival of the greatest maritime disaster in the history of the United States he returns home a changed and disabled man, unable to live what could have been a far different life. Keywords: Sultana, War, Civil War, Indiana, Soldier, Boat, History, Historical, Biography, Fight
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works. Subcommittee on Disaster ReliefPublish On: 1973
In disasters now , those Presidentially declared or declared by the Secretary of Agriculture through the Food and ... the Mississippi Department of Public Welfare , distributed 3.1 millions pounds of donated foods to 476,000 disaster ...
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works. Subcommittee on Disaster Relief
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public WorksPublish On: 1973
Within a week the question was answered by 18 disaster teams to Pennsylvania from the U.S. Office of Education . ... for the Record and answers to questions which were raised during your Subcommittee's hearings in Biloxi , Mississippi .
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public WorksPublish On: 1948
All of you remember the great floods on the lower Mississippi of 1927 , the floods in the Ohio River Basin of 1937 , the great disasters that visited California in 1938 and in the upper Mississippi and Missouri River Basins in 1947.
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works
Category: Disaster relief
Considers (80) S. 2831, (80) S. 2753, (80) S. 2608.
Author: Saundra K. SchneiderPublish On: 2014-12-18
State officials tried to step in and provide assistance, but even the Mississippi National Guard had difficulty stabilizing local conditions. Disaster victims felt a sense of urgency and were concerned that they would have to take care ...
Author: Saundra K. Schneider
Category: Business & Economics
Now updated with examples through 2010, this classic study examines the disruptive effects of disasters on patterns of human behavior and the operations of government, and the conditions under which even relatively minor crises can lead to system breakdown.
Mississippi. William L. Martin I retired from a private clinical psychology practice in 2000 and was happily cruising with my ... Since then, I have been active in Red Cross Disaster Mental Health (DMH) training nationally and locally.
Author: James Halpern
Disaster Mental Health Case Studies is a riveting collection of case studies by master clinicians that reveal how disaster mental health interventions must be tailored to meet the needs of survivors. Each unique case study is structured to give the reader an introduction to the community affected pre-disaster; a glimpse into the thought processes of the disaster mental health responders pre- and post-disaster; and a reflective selection of lessons learned as a result of the experiences. The 17 case studies offer the reader: Guidance on how to develop an empathic approach to disaster mental health response; Exposure to a diverse sample of disaster contexts, including naturally-occurring disasters, human-caused disasters, and disasters which occurred in an international setting; An understanding of the strategic approaches needed for disaster mental health service response, as well as an appreciation of the need for self-care when responding; A grounded and accessible writing style, bookended by chapters from the editors which thematically link and analyze the case studies. Offering a rare and compelling view into the challenges, tragedies, pain, frustrations, and grief at the heart of disaster mental health work, this must-have collection is tailored to appeal to students of mental health and counseling, psychology, and social work; and working mental health professionals who would like to learn directly from experienced responders.
Author: Stefan E. SchulenbergPublish On: 2020-02-21
Clearly, Mississippi is severely impacted by a range of natural disasters. They are a part of the state's culture. As an educational institution in a natural disaster-prone state, the University of Mississippi (where the authors are ...
Author: Stefan E. Schulenberg
Publisher: Springer Nature
Written by prominent proponents of disaster mental health and/or positive psychology, this comprehensive book examines disaster mental health and positive psychology in the context of natural and technological disasters. Chapters in the first section focus on applications of meaning and resilience in the area of disaster mental health, both serving as primary examples of applications of positive psychology and related frameworks. Later chapters focus more specifically on key aspects of disaster mental health, including the importance of preparedness, training, and special populations. Contributors consistently align their insights with positive psychological approaches, either by explicitly referencing their relevance or alluding less directly to themes in positive psychology. Among the topics discussed: The role of religion and spirituality in finding meaning after disasters Veterans and disaster response work Firefighters: an occupational case study of resilience Strategies for responding to adolescents following natural and technological disasters Effective crisis response for facilitating posttraumatic growth Positive Psychological Approaches to Disaster: Meaning, Resilience, and Posttraumatic Growth is a significant and timely collection of research, representing an effort of internationally respected scholars in positive psychology and disaster mental health.
Author: Mitchell Newton-MatzaPublish On: 2014-03-26
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. Daniel, Pete. Deep'n as It Come: The 1927 Mississippi River Flood. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1996. Welky, David. The Thousand-Year Flood: The Ohio-Mississippi Disaster of 1937.
Author: Mitchell Newton-Matza
From the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 to the Sandy Hook school massacre of 2012, this two-volume encyclopedia surveys tragic events—natural and man-made, famous and forgotten—that helped shape American history. • Covers a wide range of topics, from the infamous to the obscure • Places each event in context, giving it deeper meaning and showing its impact • Includes primary source material from U.S. Supreme Court cases, presidential speeches, eyewitness accounts, state and federal legislation, and federal government investigations • Brings the events it covers to life through photos and illustrations
The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 * * * From late August 1926 through the spring of 1927, unusually heavy precipitation fell upon the Mississippi River Valley. "From January 1 to April 30, 1927, enough rain fell in various sections of ...
Author: Daniel A. Farber
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Recent hurricanes and other natural disasters demonstrate serious gaps in the legal system and its ability to respond to events of such magnitude. Disasters and the Law: Katrina and Beyond studies disaster response, prevention, and mitigation strategies by integrating knowledge and experience from urban planning, bankruptcy law, and wetlands law.
Author: National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore DrilPublish On: 2011-05-24
Eureka's cores confirmed for the first time that oil had been generated in the sands that the Mississippi River had deposited over eons in the broad alluvial valley extending beyond the continental shelf into the deep Gulf.
Author: National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Dril
Publisher: Government Printing Office
Category: Technology & Engineering
On April 20, 2010, the Macondo well blew out, costing the lives of 11 men, and beginning a catastrophe that sank the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and spilled nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The spill disrupted an entire region’s economy, damaged fisheries and critical habitats, and brought vividly to light the risks of deepwater drilling for oil and gas—the latest frontier in the national energy supply. Soon after, President Barack Obama appointed a seven-member Commission to investigate the disaster, analyze its causes and effects, and recommend the actions necessary to minimize such risks in the future. The Commission’s report offers the American public and policymakers alike the fullest account available of what happened in the Gulf and why, and proposes actions—changes in company behavior, reform of government oversight, and investments in research and technology—required as industry moves forward to meet the nation’s energy needs.
After reviewing these two disasters on the Mississippi and the role of ecosystem services in reducing the risks of such disasters, we turn to the concept of jARring actions, discussing both private and public examples.
Author: Ronald J. Daniels
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Category: Political Science
Named one of Planetizen's Top 10 Books of 2006 Hurricane Katrina not only devastated a large area of the nation's Gulf coast, it also raised fundamental questions about ways the nation can, and should, deal with the inevitable problems of economic risk and social responsibility. This volume gathers leading experts to examine lessons that Hurricane Katrina teaches us about better assessing, perceiving, and managing risks from future disasters. In the years ahead we will inevitably face more problems like those caused by Katrina, from fire, earthquake, or even a flu pandemic. America remains in the cross hairs of terrorists, while policy makers continue to grapple with important environmental and health risks. Each of these scenarios might, in itself, be relatively unlikely to occur. But it is statistically certain that we will confront such catastrophes, or perhaps one we have never imagined, and the nation and its citizenry must be prepared to act. That is the fundamental lesson of Katrina. The 20 contributors to this volume address questions of public and private roles in assessing, managing, and dealing with risk in American society and suggest strategies for moving ahead in rebuilding the Gulf coast. Contributors: Matthew Adler, Vicki Bier, Baruch Fischhoff, Kenneth R. Foster, Robert Giegengack, Peter Gosselin, Scott E. Harrington, Carolyn Kousky, Robert Meyer, Harvey G. Ryland, Brian L. Strom, Kathleen Tierney, Michael J. Trebilcock, Detlof von Winterfeldt, Jonathan Walters, Richard J. Zeckhauser.
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster RecoveryPublish On: 2009
Congress. Senate. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery. Mississippi Center for Justice urges this subcommittee and HUD to : • use all possible means to ensure that Mississippi ...
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery
To a large extent, those conditions are the result ofa 250-year history of human attempts to engineer the Mississippi River and its watershed. Those efforts have led, ultimately, to an environmental decline that directly threatens New ...
Author: Eugenie L. Birch
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Category: Social Science
Disasters—natural ones, such as hurricanes, floods, or earthquakes, and unnatural ones such as terrorist attacks—are part of the American experience in the twenty-first century. The challenges of preparing for these events, withstanding their impact, and rebuilding communities afterward require strategic responses from different levels of government in partnership with the private sector and in accordance with the public will. Disasters have a disproportionate effect on urban places. Dense by definition, cities and their environs suffer great damage to their complex, interdependent social, environmental, and economic systems. Social and medical services collapse. Long-standing problems in educational access and quality become especially acute. Local economies cease to function. Cultural resources disappear. The plight of New Orleans and several smaller Gulf Coast cities exemplifies this phenomenon. This volume examines the rebuilding of cities and their environs after a disaster and focuses on four major issues: making cities less vulnerable to disaster, reestablishing economic viability, responding to the permanent needs of the displaced, and recreating a sense of place. Success in these areas requires that priorities be set cooperatively, and this goal poses significant challenges for rebuilding efforts in a democratic, market-based society. Who sets priorities and how? Can participatory decision-making be organized under conditions requiring focused, strategic choices? How do issues of race and class intersect with these priorities? Should the purpose of rebuilding be restoration or reformation? Contributors address these and other questions related to environmental conditions, economic imperatives, social welfare concerns, and issues of planning and design in light of the lessons to be drawn from Hurricane Katrina.
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Banking and Currency. Subcommittee on Small BusinessPublish On: 1965
Sunday's New York Times described the situation this way : Last week it appeared that the current flood on the Mississippi - in which the death toll has been held to 15 — would take its place among the area's major disasters from the ...
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Banking and Currency. Subcommittee on Small Business
Category: Disaster relief
Considers S. 1796, to increase SBA disaster loans.