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Literary Resources

A Blue Wake for New Orleans (villanelle)
Cervantes, Lorna Dee
Online edition

Elegy for My City. Published in New York Times September 4, 2005
Ford, Richard
Online edition, American Pen Center

The Fate of the Immigrant. In: The Grandissimes: A Story of Creole Life.
George W. Cable
Online edition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

George Washington Cable, 1844-1925. In: Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.
Wilson, Charles Reagan; Ferris, William Editors
Online edition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

George Washington Cable (1844-1925)." Heath Anthology Online. Classroom Guides.
Payne, James Robert



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Organizing the New South: Local Ecologies and Autonomous Strategies for Confronting Globalization
Bartling, Hugh
The Missisippi Quarterly, Winter 2003-2004, v57, #1, pp.135-144
Full Text
Bartlin describes the impact of globalization on the U.S. South.

The Scopes Trial: Tennessee in the Frying Pan
Menken, H.L.
The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 20, 1925

Economic Focus

King Cotton Dethroned in the American South
US Fed News Service June 26, 2008
Full text

The Gusher Paradox
Furtune, October 2, 2006, v154, #7
Full text


Introduction To Federal Voting Rights Laws
United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Voting Section

Protecting Minority Voters: The Voting Rights Act at Work, 1982-2005
A Report by the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act. Executive Summary.
February 2006

Environmental Issues

Louisiana's Marshes Fight for their Lives
Dean, Cornelia
New York Times, November 15, 2005
Full Text

New Orleans

Post-Katrina Resources and Articles
University of North Carolina
It is a collection of reports on the reconstruction effort, news articles about New Orleans after Katrina and additional material.

High Water. How Presidents and Citizens React to Disaster
David Remnick
The New Yorker, October 3, 2005
Full text

Outlines Emerge for a Shaken New Orleans
Nossiter, Adam
New York Times, August 28, 2006

Full text

The Sunken City. Talk of the City.
Reprint of "The Control of Nature: Atchafalaya" February 23, 1987
McPhee, John
New Yorker, September 12, 2005
Full text


Special Population Estimates for Impacted Counties in the Gulf Coast Area
U.S. Census Bureau, January 1, 2006
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita had an unprecedented effect on the Gulf Coast’s population in August and September of 2005. The Census Bureau designed special methodology to estimate the population sizes of the 117 counties identified by FEMA as eligible for Individual and Public Assistance. These special estimates are designed to show the estimated population [Excel] size for these counties as of

2006 Louisiana Health and Population Survey
Conducted by the Louisiana Health Institute.
Hurricanes Katrina (August 29, 2005) and Rita (September 23, 2005) caused extensive damage across southern Louisiana and displaced numerous residents from the affected parishes. The primary aim of the 2006 Louisiana Health and Population Survey is to provide state and local authorities with accurate demographic, health, and economic information to inform decision-making and recovery planning. The project goals are to: 1. Obtain population estimates and health and economic information to assist in public health, emergency preparedness, and economic development planning. 2. Compare survey-based population estimates with modeled estimates. 3. Develop a sustainable survey program to provide continuous population estimates as requested by federal, state, and local authorities.

Poems, Songs, Novels

New Orleans Students Describe Coping After Katrina. By Michele Norris. National Public Radio. March 1, 2006.
New Orleans students describe coping after Katrina. It' s ashort article, five poems, written by the
students, two photos and a talk with the students. (
audio file 5:26).

List of Tribute Songs to Hurricane Katrina.

Gauthier, Ronald M. Crescent City Countdown. By Ronald Gauthier. Reviewed by Ashanti White. Callaloo Spring 2009


Documenting the American South
Documenting the American South is a digital publishing initiative sponsored by the University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It provides access to digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspective on American history and culture.

Library of Southern Literature
The Library of Southern Literature includes a wide range of literary works of the American South published before 1924.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

History of Jazz

Southern Cultures
Web site of the Center for the Study of the American South at University of North Carilina at Chapel Hill.

Southern Oral History Project (SOHP)
Since 1973 UNC students and faculty have interviewed more than 4,000 men and women and made the material available through UNC’s renowned Southern Historical Collection. Interview are available as audio files and video files.

Southern Spaces
The Internet Journal Southern Spaces was created at Emory University with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It



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