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Fatal Flood

Season 13 Episode 2 | 51m 36s | Video has closed captioning.

In 1927, the Mississippi River flooded from New Orleans to Illinois, leaving a million people homeless and leading to a major black migration to the North.

Aired: 04/16/01

Expires: 08/23/25

Rating: NR

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