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State of the Union: How long will words be enough?

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After Reconstruction, the Republican Party thought it would own the votes of African-Americans -- forever. But in 1927, a deluge of rain turned the Mississippi River into "an angry dark ocean." Levees burst. Homes, crops and towns were washed away. Hundreds died. Tens of thousands fled for high ground. Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover organized the national flood relief effort. His quick and...

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