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Overcoming Katrina tells the stories of 27 New Orleanians as they fought to survive Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Their oral histories offer first-hand experiences: three days on a roof with Navy veteran Leonard Smith; at the convention center with waitress Eleanor Thornton; and with Willie Pitford, an elevator man, as he rescued 150 people in New Orleans East. Overcoming approaches the question of why New Orleans matters, from perspectives of the individuals who lived, loved, worked, and celebrated life and death there prior to being scattered across the country by Hurricane Katrina. This book's twenty-seven narrators range from Mack Slan, a conservative businessman who disparages the younger generation for not sharing his ability to make "good, rational decisions," to Kalamu ya Salaam, who was followed by the New Orleans Police Department for several years as a militant defender of Black Power in the late 1960s and '70s. These narratives are memorials to the corner stores, the Baptist churches, the community health clinics, and those streets where the aunties stood on the corner, and whose physical traces have now all been washed away. They conclude with visions of a safer, equitably rebuilt New Orleans.

 
 
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Synopsis:

This books brings together the narrated autobiographies of black New Orleanians, united by their residence in New Orleans, Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At its heart are stories of abandonment and evacuation, heroism and terror, prejudice and generosity, and displacement and rebuilding in the wake of the hurricane and its lengthy aftermath.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction * Retirees * At the Height of their Careers * Thirty Something * Coming of Age

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230608719
Author:
Penner, D'ann R.
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Preface:
Carter, Jimmy
Foreword by:
Carter, Jimmy
Foreword:
Carter, Jimmy
Editor:
Penner, D'Ann; Ferdinand, Keith
Editor:
Penner, D'Ann
Editor:
Ferdinand, Keith
Author:
Carter, Jimmy
Author:
Penner, D'Ann
Author:
Penner, D'Ann R.
Author:
Ferdinand, Keith C. C.
Author:
Ferdinand, Keith C.
Author:
Penner, D'Ann R. R.
Author:
Ferdinand, Keith
Subject:
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
SOC040000
Subject:
Oral history
Subject:
Interviews
Subject:
HIS054000
Subject:
New Orleans (La.)
Subject:
Disaster victims - Louisiana - New Orleans
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Disasters
Subject:
Disaster relief
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
Sociology-Disasters and Disaster Relief
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Palgrave Studies in Oral History
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.11 x 5.98 x 0.695 in

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"Synopsis" by , This books brings together the narrated autobiographies of black New Orleanians, united by their residence in New Orleans, Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At its heart are stories of abandonment and evacuation, heroism and terror, prejudice and generosity, and displacement and rebuilding in the wake of the hurricane and its lengthy aftermath.
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