Overcoming Katrina: African American Voices from the Crescent City and Beyond (Palgrave Studies in Oral History)

Read Overcoming Katrina: African American Voices from the Crescent City and Beyond (Palgrave Studies in Oral History) PDF by D. Penner, K. Ferdinand eBook or Kindle ePUB Online free. Overcoming Katrina: African American Voices from the Crescent City and Beyond (Palgrave Studies in Oral History) Disturbing views of American failure according to Nicholas James. The 27 narratives of this book detail the variety of experiences of African-Americans from New Orleans before, during and after Katrina. Some evacuated, some could not afford to, and others stayed to work in hospitals and other institutions that were still housing vulnerable people in the storm. Several larger stories emerge from these individual accounts: government inaction and neglect that caused days of suffering before resc

Overcoming Katrina: African American Voices from the Crescent City and Beyond (Palgrave Studies in Oral History)

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Rating : 4.60 (772 Votes)
Asin : 023060871X
Format Type : paperback
Number of Pages : 248 Pages
Publish Date : 2013-05-11
Language : English

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Overcoming Katrina bears witness to the epic struggles that Black Americans have waged. Most of all, read it if you care about the betrayals and promises of democracy in the United States." - Barbara Ellen Smith, Director of Women's Studies, Virginia Tech"The oral histories of these twenty-seven African Americans bring us as close as we will come to the full human dimensions and significance of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. This book will take your breath away. Told through the unique prism of New

"Disturbing views of American failure" according to Nicholas James. The 27 narratives of this book detail the variety of experiences of African-Americans from New Orleans before, during and after Katrina. Some evacuated, some could not afford to, and others stayed to work in hospitals and other institutions that were still housing vulnerable people in the storm. Several larger stories emerge from these individual accounts: government inaction and neglect that caused days of suffering before rescue came; assumptions that any blacks left in the city were probably criminals; and bureaucratic choking of attempts to rebuild. The result is the loss of much of New Orleans' African-Americ. True stories This book is amazing. It describe New Orleanians' strategies and life experiences. By reading the real stories of individuals who had these diverse experiences, it gives you viable pictures of what they have been through and allows you to live with them in their tragedies. It brought me an awareness of what's happening in our society and how I can be involved to create change, or at least to consider or acknowledge what our fellow African Americans had encountered in the past, and what they are still going through in the twenty-first century. This has been especially useful for me as an Algerian-born graduate stud. Enlightening chorus of voices Jacqueline I learned a lot from this book. I followed the news about Hurricane Katrina in the newspaper but reading Overcoming Katrina, I realized that what really happened was much different and much more complicated than the disturbing images in the media. I learned this from the narrators who tell their moving and impressive stories. Penner and Ferdinand's book -- the eloquent, insightful, subtle voices of the narrators -- helped me to understand better an intensely human story that stretches back to a rich past and extends into a present that, for some of the narrators, continues to be filled with struggle. This is enlig

. D'ANN R. PENNER is the Social Justice Fellow at the Office of the Appellate Defender.    KEITH C. FERDINAND is the Founder of Heartbeats Life Center, a cardiology clinic and human rights organization based in New Orleans's Ninth Ward

This books brings together the narrated autobiographies of black New Orleanians, united by their residence in New Orleans, Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina in 2005

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