The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Aug 7, 2012 - Social Science - 352 pages
When Daniel Wolff first headed down to New Orleans five months after the levees breached, he thought he might spend a year reporting on the recovery ahead. He found people desperate to tell their stories; they had lost the documents of their personal history - the photos and diaries - in the flood. They wanted to recover and preserve their stories through telling, and as their recovery dragged on and they struggled to make their government keep its promises, they became desperate about the recorders and cameras turning away. A year of reporting became five.
Wolff follows the inevitable difficulties of rebuilding a city almost from scratch. A quarter of the population chose not to return; those who did had to rebuild not just houses but community. The city of their memory, their model, had one of the worst crime rates and worst school systems in the country; yet an organized plan for a brighter future might eliminate the very neighborhoods they had returned to fight for. The government was incompetent; the contractors were corrupt. In this environment, trust becomes a radical act and hope is its own small miracle.
The Fight for Home introduces an amazing cast of characters: ex-addicts and church women, ex-Black Panthers and Sons of the Confederacy; urban planners and anarchists. As their journeys unfold, Fight for Home becomes a story of surviving not just a flood, but the emergency of the everyday - of surviving in America.
 

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Contents

Like a Tree Planted by the Rivers January 2006
Solidarity Not Charity February 2006
A Walk Around the Block June 2006
Theyve Not Done What They Needed June 2006
Got to Do What You Got to Do August 2006
We Sitting Here Waiting August 2006
Time Is Not the Same AugustOctober 2006
Want to Keep Fighting Till October 2006
Still So Much Work January 2007
If Youre Gonna Leave Anybody Behind December 2007
The Lucky Ones Still Standing December 2007
We Fall Down But We Get Up FebruaryOctober 2008
The Future Is What We Got in Front of Us August 2009
Epilogue August 2009October 2011
Selected Bibliography
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Daniel Wolff is the author of How Lincoln Learned to Read, a Chicago Tribune Editor's Choice pick; 4th of July, Asbury Park, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice pick; You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke, a national bestseller; and two volumes of poetry, among other books. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from Vogue to Wooden Boat to Education Weekly. He is the co-producer, with Jonathan Demme, of several documentary film projects on New Orleans.

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