American Experience

Fatal Flood

Season 13, Episode 11 of 12

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.

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8/28/2022
8 a.m.
8/30/2022
9 p.m.
8/31/2022
4 a.m.
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