FL_10-4 - Hurricane Katrina - race, class and marginality

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Unformatted text preview: Review 1) Hurricane Katrina : What happened in New Orleans & the Gulf Coast? Why was it such a disaster? / Why so unprepared? 2) Environmental history of New Orleans : Worster’s analytical framework Site and situation 18 th-19 th centuries : urban expansion primarily on natural levees • Plantation agriculture : reclamation, upstream levees for sugar, slavery, exports • New Orleans : trade, growth, cultural mixing, Jim Crow (1876-1964) 20 th century : urban expansion into low ground • Economic development : trade, industry, tourism, services • Reclamation and water management : o Wetland loss: Atchafalaya Floodway, petrochemical industry, residential development o ‘Levees only’ approach: technologies of control to separate N/S o Little conservation of wetlands as part of water management planning • Segregation : N/S and socioeconomic > ^ risk and vulnerability Merchant’s key themes in environmental history...
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2010 for the course ESPM 28984 taught by Professor Spreyer during the Fall '10 term at Berkeley.

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