The Fall of a Marginalized Community: The Great Flood of 1993

Larry G. Morton II
Arkansas State University, Associate Professor, State University, AR, US

Series: American History, Culture and Literature
BISAC: HIS036090



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In the mid-1950s, a mobile home community was developed in St. Charles County, Missouri. As housing for employees of the nearby McDonnell Douglas was at a shortage, this provided an attractive option for people seeking to purchase their own homes. After a flood in 1973, the composition of the community began to shift from middle and working class to largely lower income residents. Following the 1986 flood, there was a mass exodus of many of the remaining property owners, and the mobile homes were sold to “slumlords.” This brought increased poverty, drug use, and crime, as well as many new residents receiving subsidized rental vouchers. In the midst of this, three female residents began advocating for better conditions in the community including a summer meals program for the community’s impoverished children. Services included lunch, health and dental care, and education on water and animal safety. Eventually, a food bank and thrift shop were added, both of which were housed in a local resident’s home. In 1993, the community was destroyed by a great flood. In its aftermath, this close-knit community was relocated mostly outside of the St. Charles area. Despite their new living conditions being somewhat improved in comparison to their former community, many of these residents continue to seek the camaraderie that existed previously in St. Charles.
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Chapter 1. The Beginning
Chapter 2. The Flood of 1986
Chapter 3. Problems in Frog Town
Chapter 4. The Women of the River
Chapter 5. Grassroots Efforts of the Women of Missouri Mobile Home Estates: Trying to Overcome Adversity
Chapter 6. The Flood of 1993
Chapter 7. New Location
Chapter 8. Afterward
About the Author

This book would be of interest to historians, sociologists, and social work academics. This book would also be of interest to people studying natural disasters and marginalized communities.

Poor communities, natural disaster

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