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Women of the Storm
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Hurricanes Katrina and Rita made landfall less than four weeks apart in 2005. Months later, much of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast remained in tatters. As the region faded from national headlines, its residents faced a dire future. Emmanuel David chronicles how one activist group confronted the crisis. Founded by a few elite white women in New Orleans, Women of the Storm quickly formed a broad coalition that sought to represent Louisiana's diverse population. From its early lobbying of Congress through its response to the 2010 BP oil spill, David shows how members' actions were shaped by gender, race, class, and geography. Drawing on in-depth interviews, ethnographic observation, and archival research, David tells a compelling story of collective action and personal transformation that expands our understanding of the aftermath of an historic American catastrophe.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. Emergence: In which it occurs to a New Orleans philanthropist, in the wake of disaster, to form a group
  2. pp. 17-28
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  1. 2. Bridgework: On the calling upon of old friends and new acquaintances to join together
  2. pp. 29-39
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  1. 4. The Flight: Comprising a brief description of a journey to Washington and a few accounts of surviving the storm
  2. pp. 51-61
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  1. 5. The Press: Conference On political drama, performative utterances, and blue-­tarp umbrellas on Capital Hill
  2. pp. 62-72
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  1. 6. Hill Visits: Some accounts of invitations delivered to lawmakers; certain interactions prove successful, others misfire
  2. pp. 73-82
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  1. 7. Noblesse Oblige: On thank-­you notes and civic stewardship
  2. pp. 83-90
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  1. 8. Divergent Paths: In which some women focus on other things
  2. pp. 91-99
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  1. 9. Invitations Accepted: Relating the decisive first visits to the scenes of destruction
  2. pp. 100-106
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  1. 10. New Orleans at Six Months: Amid Carnival, a city takes stock of the recovery, some plans unravel, and yet the women persist
  2. pp. 107-116
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  1. 11. The Breach: Involving a visit by two important persons, a chance encounter, and a revelation
  2. pp. 117-123
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  1. 12. Going National: In which several women’s organizations lend support for the resurrection of New Orleans
  2. pp. 124-127
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  1. 13. Storm Warnings: Containing a brief account of a media event
  2. pp. 128-133
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  1. 14. Women of the Storm: Return Involving another trip to Washington and some concrete achievements
  2. pp. 134-142
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  1. 15. The Presidential Debate: On the crafting of another grand proposal, resulting in a bid, a rejection, and a rejoinder
  2. pp. 143-156
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  1. Conclusion: On moral selves and moral communities
  2. pp. 168-176
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 177-180
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  1. Notes on Method
  2. pp. 181-190
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 191-232
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-242
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  1. About the Author
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