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Episode Details: Fatal Flood

American Experience

Fatal Flood

Episode #1311

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Summary: In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans, 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 story of greed, power and race during one of America's greatest natural disasters.

Full Length: 54 minutes


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  • Monday, April 29, 2024 at 10:00 PM ET / 9:00 PM CT on WFSU