Katrina Historian Speaks at Southern Miss

A renowned American historian and author who's written extensively about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath spoke to Southern Miss students this evening.

Dr. Douglas Brinkley addressed dozens of students, faculty and members of the public at the R.C. Cook Student Union.  He's written the book, "The Great Deluge:  Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast."  It deals with the days leading up to the storm and its after effects.

Tonight's presentation was the first in a series of lectures scheduled for the Spring University Forum.

"This is the big natural disaster in American history," said Dr. Brinkley.

"I think this is larger than the Galveston Hurricane in 1900 or the San Francisco Earthquake.

The amount of devastation is greater than any other event that occurred.  And, we're still in the middle of it.  It looks like it's going to be a whole generation, not just a decade, but virtually a generation, to get any kind of recovery in the region," Dr. Brinkley said.

The Tulane University professor and director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization also took time to sign copies of his book, "The Great Deluge."