Book ID: CBB920508154

Environmental Disaster in the Gulf South: Two Centuries of Catastrophe, Risk, and Resilience (2018)


Steinberg, Ted (Author)
Ermus, Cindy (Editor)

Louisiana State University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 216
Language: English

Hurricanes, floods, oil spills, disease, and disappearing wetlands are some of the many environmental disasters that impact the Gulf South. The contributors to Environmental Disaster in the Gulf South explore the threat, frequency, and management of this region’s disasters from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Scholars from the fields of history, sociology, and anthropology examine the underlying causes of vulnerability to natural hazards in the coastal states while also suggesting ways to increase resilience.Greg O’Brien considers the New Orleans flood of 1849; Andy Horowitz, the Galveston storm of 1900; and Christopher M. Church, the 1928 hurricane in Florida and the Caribbean. Urmi Engineer Willoughby delves into the turn-of-the-century yellow fever outbreaks in New Orleans and local attempts to eradicate them, while Abraham H. Gibson and Cindy Ermus discuss the human introduction of invasive species and their long-term impact on the region’s ecosystem. Roberto E. Barrios looks at political-ecological susceptibility in New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward, and Kevin Fox Gotham treats storm- and flood-defense infrastructures. In his afterword, Ted Steinberg ponders what the future holds when the capitalist state supports an unwinnable battle between land developers and nature.These case studies offer new ways of understanding humans’ interactions with the unique, and at times unforgiving, environment of the Gulf South. These lessons are particularly important as we cope with the effects of climate change and seek to build resilience and reduce vulnerability through enhanced awareness, adequate preparation, and efficient planning.

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Authors & Contributors
Ewen, Shane
Olmsted, Kathryn
Oropeza, Lorena
Mizelle, Richard M., Jr.
Smith, D. S.
Oh, Sang-Hwa
Environment and History
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Social Studies of Science
Journal of Historical Geography
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Louisiana State University Press
University of North Carolina Press
University of California, Davis
University of Georgia Press
Published for the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West by University of California Press, Berkeley, California, Press Berkeley and the Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Disasters; catastrophes
Hurricanes; typhoons
Environmental degradation
Petroleum industry
Oil spills
Mulholland, William
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
18th century
Gulf of Mexico
United States
New Orleans (Louisiana, U.S.)
Louisiana (U.S.)
California (U.S.)
National Weather Service (U.S.)
United Nations
International Red Cross

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