Hurricane Florence and the Displacement of African-Americans Along the Carolina Coast

It was around this time that America’s coastlines became highly coveted and desirable places to live and vacation. That’s really the story of postwar America: The middle class is growing, real-estate growth and development is a major engine of the economy, but it’s at the expense of African-American communities.

How did these communities manage the dangers of frequent hurricanes?

People in coastal areas 100 years ago lived much more in harmony with these volatile, mercurial environments. First of all, the areas were sparsely populated, which makes sense because they were highly prone to storms that caused substantial damage.

The folks who lived there had a better understanding of nature’s limits. In the 20th century, the Army Corps of Engineers, federal programs and agencies, local…

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