Moving Stories: Videos from the American South

Fought For, Forgotten


Competing threats to the bayous of Louisiana are leaving some who voted for President Donald Trump torn between the administration's various policies. The shrimping industry, which accounts for 15,000 jobs in the state, has seen a drastic decline in sales, due to international imports. And while Trump’s “America first” promises have given shrimpers hope, he has also made devastating cuts in environmental funding that would drastically damage the fragile bayous. Between 1932 and 2010, southern Louisiana has lost, on average, a football field of land to coastal erosion every hour. And it’s estimated that by 2100, rising sea levels across the country will force 13 million people to move away from their homes on American coasts.

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This project is generously funded by The Helen Gurley Brown Foundation


Director/Producer: Emily Harger
Reporter: Emily Harger
Production Assistant: Emily Kask
Intern: Julia Katter
Coordinating Producer: Rachel De Leon
Senior Producer: Aubrey Aden-Buie
Executive Producer: Amanda Pike
Editor in Chief: Amy Pyle