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FA-252618-17

Andrew James Francis Morris
Union College, Schenectady (Schenectady, NY 12308-3256)

Race, Rights and Disaster Relief: Hurricane Camille, Mississippi, and the Transformation of American Disaster Policy

A book-length study of the origins of federal disaster relief after Hurricane Camille (1969), culminating in the Federal Disaster Relief Act of 1970.

Race, Rights, and Disaster Relief: Hurricane Camille, Mississippi, and the Transformation of American Disaster Policy argues that Hurricane Camille, which devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the summer of 1969, was a decisive turning point in the history of disaster relief in contemporary America. The sheer scale of destruction and the racial inequities in the subsequent relief programs of the Red Cross and the State of Mississippi, opened a political window for the federalization of disaster relief. Told through archival research and the experiences of survivors, policymakers, civil rights activists and others, and contextualized in the broader history of disaster relief policy, the Nixon Administration, and the Civil Rights Movement, the project offers the first comprehensive history of this watershed period for disaster relief in the modern United States—and offers insights to the dynamics that would play out in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Project fields:
African American History; Political History; U.S. History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$25,200 (approved)
$21,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2018 – 8/30/2018