As one of Our Recommendations and Recommended Books, we are recommending Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood Of 1927 And How It Changed America, by John M. Barry.
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, by John M. Barry – book cover
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This is an excellent book about the 1927 Mississippi River Flood which spawned classic blues songs like When The Levee Breaks by Memphis Minnie (covered by Led Zeppelin on the Led Zeppelin IV album), High Water Everywhere by Charley Patton.
You may also want to visit Greenville, Washington County, Mississippi where the effects of the 1927 flood are recounted in detail by John M. Barry in Rising Tide.
Mississippi Department of Archives & History marker for River Stages At Greenville, on the levee at Greenville, Mississippi.
Mississippi Department of Archives & History marker on the levee at Greenville, Mississippi.
The top of the Mississippi River levee at Greenville, Mississippi. The cars on the right of the photo give an indication of the height of the levee at Greenville.
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