Tom Wootten: We shall not be moved

Hampshire Political Writing Workshop

By Martha Pskowski

Author Tom Wooten spoke at Hampshire College on Wednesday, December 5th, on his recent book We Shall Not Be Moved: Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina.

We Shall Not be Moved tells the story of five New Orleans neighborhoods, and how residents worked in the months and years after Katrina to rebuild their communities. The book tells the story from the points of view of residents in Broadmoor, Village L’Est, the Lower Ninth Ward, Lakeview and Hollygrove.

I spoke with Tom before the event to learn more about his work in New Orleans and perspectives on disaster recovery. Tom began the book as an undergraduate thesis project, and decided to settle in New Orleans after that year. As a young author and new to the city, Tom gained the trust of the people he worked with. We Shall Not be Moved shares…

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