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Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective (Paperback)

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By Romain Huret (Editor), Randy J. Sparks (Editor), James M. Boyden (Contribution by)
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There is no such thing as a 'natural' disaster, writes Romain Huret in his introduction to this multidisciplinary study of the events surrounding and the legacy of Hurricane Katrina. Though nature produced Katrina's rising waters and destructive winds, a vast array of manmade factors shaped the scope of the storm's impact as well as the local and national response to it. In Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective, American and European scholars approach this infamous storm and its aftermath through a variety of disciplines, from music to geography to anthropology, creating a nuanced understanding of how society reacts to and later remembers times of disaster.

Richard Campanella and Romain Huret examine the particular geographical and political mix that set the stage for Katrina's devastation, especially among the poorest populations of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Jean Kempf, James Boyden, Andrew Diamond, and Thomas Jessen Adams address the ideological biases and racial stereotypes that infused local and national commentary in the days and weeks after the storm. Finally, Bruce Raeburn, Sara Le Menestrel, Anne M. Lovell, and Randy J. Sparks explore the impact of this powerful tropical event on the city's institutions and cultural organizations.

Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective offers a profound and innovative collection of insights on one of the most significant environmental catastrophes in U.S. history, forcing us to examine the cultural actors that transformed a natural disaster into a humanitarian crisis.

About the Author

Romain Huret is professor of American history at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris. He is the author of American Tax Resisters. Randy J. Sparks is professor of history at Tulane University. He is the author of several books, most recently The Two Princes of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey and Where the Negroes Are Masters: An African Port in the Era of the Slave Trade.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780807158432
ISBN-10: 0807158437
Publisher: LSU Press
Publication Date: December 15th, 2014
Pages: 216
Language: English