A Portion Of Markets Of Sorrow, Labors Of Faith By Vincanne Adams

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INTRODUCTION After reading a portion of Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith by Vincanne Adams, it is difficult to wrap my head around the horrible effects of Hurricane Katrina. At the time of Katrina, I was about 8 years old. I remember seeing the news and hearing people talk about it, and I thought it was frightening. However, I do not think that it registered properly in my mind. Even as I got older, and there was still mention of it, I never fully understood what really happened until I read this book. It is very easy to throw something off to the side and think “Oh, it’s not that bad” because the media only shows people getting help and they tell us that conditions are improving. No one spoke of the tragedies and lasting effects written by Adams. In this essay, I would like to discuss the issues presented throughout chapters four and five surrounding the environment, the people, and the government in New Orleans. The Environmental Impact The environmental issue at hand is fairly obvious - the entire area was completely destroyed by the floods - including homes and businesses. Adams (2013) describes the surrounding area of Gerald Davis’s home as having “no plants, lots of weeds, and no trees. It was a dirt yard” (93). Dirt, in this case, is symbolic to these people. Everything that was once life became covered in dirt - much like the way the people were smothered by the stress of recovery. It was near impossible to have hope for the future with such a scenic view. Even

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