Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History

Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History

Paul Schneider


"Old guy River," Paul Schneider's exploration of America's nice waterway taking the reader from the Mississippi River's origins to its polluted current and tracing its prehistory, geology, and cultural and literary histories is as gigantic as its subject.

The interesting forged of characters contains the French and Spanish explorers de Soto, Marquette and Joliet, and the incomparable l. a. Salle; George Washington scuffling with his first conflict which will safe the watershed; the beginning of jazz and blues; and literary greats like Melville, Dickens, Trollope, and, after all, Mark Twain.

Pirates and riverbats, gamblers and slaves, hustlers and panorama painters, loggers and catfishers, travelers and missionaries: The Mississippi is a river of news and fable. it is Paul Robeson sitting on a cotton bale, Daniel Boone floating on a flatboat, and Paul Bunyan slicing bushes in the community of "Little residence within the significant Woods."

Half-devastated made from American ingenuity, half-magnificent average ask yourself, it truly is very unlikely to visualize the US with no the Mississippi."

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