I believe that this film wanted to show the emotions of different groups and the disaster that this hurricane left in New Orleans. The people interviewed show the truth that they lived in this days and how they recover from it. Katrina left many in a panic state, in poverty and also took lives. The families changed after this disaster because many didn’t have a home to stay or money to support themselves. People that were sick couldn’t get attention and medicine for days.
The Levee breaches led to massive flooding, hundred and thousands of the people affected from the storm from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were displaced from their homes, and experts estimate that Katrina caused more than $100 billion in damage. (http://www.history.com/topics/hurricane-katrina) .The Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish were under so much water that people had to run to attics and rooftops for safety. And soon enough nearly 80 percent of the city was under some quantity of water. The government in particular was unprepared for a disaster like this. Officials, even the president at the time, George W. Bush, was unaware of how bad things were in New Orleans and didn’t know how to deal with something this terrible.
The setting of this book is in Oklahoma. The location of this “Dust Bowl” is accurate because in the nineteen thirties-nineteen forties, Oklahoma did go through four terrible droughts that led up to this “Dust Bowl” event. The “Dust Bowl” event led to terrible destruction. It also led to death in some cases. And it was overall a terrible event that occurred in Oklahoma.
Louisiana has one of the most fragile coastlines that are prone to flooding because of natural recurring disasters such as hurricanes (floodsmart.gov). Since Louisiana has a lot of different types of water bodies, such as the Gulf of Mexico, bayous, rivers (i.e. Mississippi River), a lot of the residents are at a greater risk of being flooded (floodsmart.gov). Throughout the years, Louisiana has experienced millions and millions of dollars in damages caused by hurricanes or flooding. The most recent flooding in August of 2016 sustained around $8.7 billion dollars in damages statewide (Dolce, 2016).
Hurricane Sandy was so destructive, it caused 75 billion dollars in damage. Hurricane Sandy had a top wind speed of 115 miles per hour. With winds this strong, destruction is bound to happen. Roughly 1,000,000 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed. “In New York, 305,000 housing units were damaged or destroyed and more than 265,000 businesses affected” (Superstorm).
Tornadoes can reach up to 300 miles per hour and the damage paths can be an excess of 1 mile wide. Also, they can reach an amazing length of 50 miles long (Ready.gov, 2012)! The second deadliest tornado recorded in the United States is called the Natchez Tornado. It hit Natchez, Mississippi and traveled along the Mississippi River; creating destruction to the river and Vidalia, Louisiana. This devastation occurred on May 7, 1840 (Hall, 2014).
In the early 21st century, one of the most destructive natural disasters to ever make landfall in the United States occurred. New Orleans, Louisiana was forever changed on August 29, 2005 when Hurricane Katrina left over 1500 of its residents dead, and displaced more than 1 million people in the Gulf region (FEMA 2015). Although the city had always taken severe weather precautions, such as installing intricate levees to protect itself, it proved itself to be no match to the Category 5 hurricane that left it in shambles for years to come.
Coastal winds boosted this giant mass of destruction , and many tried to escape but not many could . These wind speeds could devour anything in its course. Obliterating many houses and buildings it would prove to be one of the deadliest , costliest , and biggest hurricanes that ever formed. ("10 Hurricane Andrew Facts") Impacts on America were very harsh living conditions ,electricity down , and wounded and injured. Medical Conditions and help were on the way.
The Great Depression was the harshest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the United States. It began shortly after the stock market crashed on October 1929. This sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. However, despite all of the relief and reform measures put into place by President Franklin D. Roosevelt that helped lessen the effects of the depression, the economy didn’t fully recover until after 1939, when World War Two came about and kicked the American Industries into full motion. The times of the Great Depression and World World Two were most certainly major events in American history and was arguably the most significant period of the twentieth century.
Racism played a big part in that time. There were segregated schools, restaurants, and even bathrooms. Many African Americans lost their lives for participating in marches, riots, and sometimes for no reason at all. Colored people were punished for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Despite how cruel and unusual the consequences were, a change was constantly being fought for.
Pictures of slavery are another example of illustrations going too far. Lots of pictures and videos were shown of African Americans getting their hands cut off as punishment or getting whipped. Even though, visuals can go “too far” sometimes crucial photos are needed to receive a reaction from the audience and Hurricane Katrina is a perfect example. Hurricane Katrina was a very tragic storm that destroyed millions of homes for the people living in the Gulf Coast of the U.S. Pictures that were being taken of this incident and shown in news made the audience feel sympathy for them and with these sympathy donations started to come in, temporary shelters started to come in, people from different communities started aiding the ones in need, etc. Visuals of Chinas dog leather is another example.