The Vanport Flood


President Harry Truman, left, listens as Gen. Philip Fleming, Federal Works Administrator, explains damage caused by the sudden flood May 30 at Vanport, Oregon. The president visited the area during his inspection of the Columbia River flood damage. --- Image by © CORBIS

On May 30, 1948, a flood destroyed Vanport, Oregon. What really makes the story more than a historical footnote is how it tied in to the racial makeup of both Portland and Oregon at the time.

President Harry Truman, left, listens as Gen. Philip Fleming, Federal Works Administrator, explains damage caused by the sudden flood at Vanport, Oregon. The president visited the area during his inspection of the Columbia River flood damage. --- Image by © CORBIS

Topics in this Podcast: segregation, pacific northwest, black history, slavery, American history, racism, 20th century, U.S. history, 14th amendment, what the Civil War was about, not just in the south, floods