It was the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who finally made
the Swampeast habitable. Just south of Cape Girardeau the
levee line began, to continue 2,200 miles to the Gulf of
Mexico. The levees kept the floodwaters out. During the
decades of prosperity, the farmers had forgotten the conditions
under which they had prospered were artificial.
Southeastern Missouri was as artificial as the Washington
Monument, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, or the space shuttle,
and like these, existed as a monument to the ingenuity of
humankind. The land there had been manufactured.
But that which is artificial occupies a precarious position in the world of nature. Its existence depends upon the maintenance of the conditions under which it was designed. The Mississippi River's levee system was built with the understanding
that two things would remain constant: The flood
waters would not rise much higher than they had in the past, and the land on which the levees were built would not move of its own accord. The first of these constants was violated regularly. The result was a greater commitment to reinforced levees. The second constant, the requirement that the earth not move, had not been tested.
Though such a test, as history showed, was inevitable.
- 1999 Walter J. Williams
Choosing a Book Format
EPUB is the standard publishing format used by many e-book readers including iBooks, Easy Reader, VoiceDream Reader, etc. This is the most popular and widely used format.
DAISY format is used by GoRead, Read2Go and most Kurzweil devices.
Audio (MP3) format is used by audio only devices, such as iPod.
Braille format is used by Braille output devices.
DAISY Audio format works on DAISY compatible players such as Victor Reader Stream.
Accessible Word format can be unzipped and opened in any tool that supports .docx files.