Racial, Political, And Geographical Change Of New Orleans Essay

720 Words Dec 5th, 2016 3 Pages
On August 29, 2005, the third strongest storm ever documented in America, Hurricane Katrina, hit the coast of Louisiana at 125 miles per hour. However, the real horror came when the levees breached, causing New Orleans to fill up like a bathtub. Gary Rivlin discusses the racial, political, and geographical change of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in Katrina: After the Flood. Gary Rivlin is a journalist and author of five books. His works have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, GQ, and Wired. Rivlin was born in New Woodmere, New York. He had no personal connection to New Orleans, and most of his interactions with the city had been those of a typical tourist, such as the French Quarter and Jazz Fest.
In this book, Gary Rivlin provides readers with intimate details of multiple individuals who were affected by the horrendous flood from Hurricane Katrina. He follows their struggles in rebuilding homes, businesses, and ultimately, their lives. Rivlin attempts to show how the racial divide played a large part in the decision-making in post-Katrina reconstruction. Additionally, he argues that the city will rapidly change and progress to have a larger economy along with an influx of young people moving into the community to make an impact. Rivlin’s book provides the historical context, fills in the blanks, and gives us the specific facts and figures to assist historical memory. Survivors can thus assign a purpose and a meaning to this great catastrophe.…

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