Has America 'Abandoned' New Orleans? On the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, historian Douglas Brinkley explains why he feels that New Orleans is a case of "reckless abandonment." In his op-ed in the Washington Post, Brinkley argues that the government's "policy of inaction" may set a dangerous precedent for future disasters.

Has America 'Abandoned' New Orleans?

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On the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, historian Douglas Brinkley explains why he feels that New Orleans is a case of "reckless abandonment." In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Brinkley argues that the government's "policy of inaction" may set a dangerous precedent for future disasters.

Douglas Brinkley, history professor at Rice University; author, The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast; author of "Reckless Abandonment," published in the Washington Post.