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American Experience; Fatal Flood


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American Experience
Fatal Flood
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage from Cairo, Illinois, to New Orleans, Louisiana, inundating hundreds of towns, killing as many as a thousand people, and leaving a million homeless. In Greenville, Mississippi, efforts to contain the river pitted the majority black population against an aristocratic plantation family, the Percys and the Percys against themselves. A dramatic story of greed, power, and race during one of America's greatest natural disasters. From producer Chana Gazit (Meltdown at Three Mile Island, Surviving the Dust Bowl, Chicago 1968). Liev Schreiber narrates.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Fatal Flood,” 02/09/2001, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F245D431739F4C7C889321A1916AEA4F.
MLA: “American Experience; Fatal Flood.” 02/09/2001. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F245D431739F4C7C889321A1916AEA4F>.
APA: American Experience; Fatal Flood. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F245D431739F4C7C889321A1916AEA4F
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