In the Path of the Storms: Bayou La Batre, Coden, and the by Frye Gaillard,Sheila Hagler,Peggy Denniston

By Frye Gaillard,Sheila Hagler,Peggy Denniston

The Gulf Coast villages of Bayou l. a. Batre and Coden are of Alabama’s so much particular, with roots going again to the French settlements of the 18th century. For generations, the proud population of those groups have extracted their modest livings from the ocean, sustained by way of a lesson passed down over the years— that supplying for the wishes of one’s relations is the single actual degree of luck. however the international has replaced greatly for them. a world economic climate of upper gasoline costs and inexpensive imported seafood has threatened the lifeblood of the realm. And lately a rash of hurricanes, culminating with typhoon Katrina, has battered the hopes and desires of those Bayou towns.


But they've got identified demanding occasions and large adjustments ahead of. within the Seventies, refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos flooded into the world and inside of many years made up a 3rd of the neighborhood inhabitants. 3 Buddhist temples quickly took their areas one of the Catholic, Baptist, and Pentecostal church buildings that predominated, and for a time the several ethnic teams coexisted in a type of uneasy peace. yet now they're studying to tug jointly in an doubtful fight to rebuild their communities.


In the trail of the Storms is a robust portrait in phrases and pictures of a distinct and unforgettable position. it's a tale of culture, and forces of switch, and the epic fight of those Gulf Coast groups to outlive and thrive.

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