September 16, 2005

Business As Usual

Click on these three political cartoons from 1913:

You could change a few things and use them to describe the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. Not the death and destruction, the political fallout.

"In late March of 1913, an unusually heavy rainstorm moved into the Miami Valley region. By the third day of the downpour, levees were overtopped and many towns and farms suffered disastrous flooding. The city of Dayton was particularly hit hard. When the water receded the death toll stood at 361. In all, 65,000 were forced to leave their homes temporarily, and property damages ran to well over one million dollars. Following the flood, a vigorous movement for flood protection began in Dayton.

The story of the flood protection movement can be told through the political cartoons of the period. The following exhibit of cartoons is taken from the Miami Conservancy District Collection, MS 128, at the Special Collections and Archives at Wright State University.

These political cartoons were published in a variety of newspapers and journals throughout Ohio, including The Columbus Dispatch, The Columbus State Journal, and The Dayton News. "

The rest of the story is HERE

Posted by BillyBudd at September 16, 2005 02:13 PM | TrackBack

Things just don't seem to change, do they? How sad.

Posted by: Patty-Jo at September 16, 2005 05:50 PM

Wow. How the hell did you find these? I will probably have to link to this one tomorrow.

Posted by: gindy at September 19, 2005 09:38 AM
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