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Old Man River : The Mississippi River in North American History
by Paul Schneider


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A fascinating account of how the Mississippi River shaped America

In "Old Man River," Paul Schneider tells the story of the river at the center of America's rich history the Mississippi. Some fifteen thousand years ago, the majestic river provided Paleolithic humans with the routes by which early man began to explore the continent's interior.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A fascinating account of how the Mississippi River shaped America

In "Old Man River," Paul Schneider tells the story of the river at the center of America's rich history the Mississippi. Some fifteen thousand years ago, the majestic river provided Paleolithic humans with the routes by which early man began to explore the continent's interior. Since then, the river has been the site of historical significance, from the arrival of Spanish and French explorers in the 16th century to the Civil War. George Washington fought his first battle near the river, and Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman both came to President Lincoln's attention after their spectacular victories on the lower Mississippi.

In the 19th century, home-grown folk heroes such as Daniel Boone and the half-alligator, half-horse, Mike Fink, were creatures of the river. Mark Twain and Herman Melville led their characters down its stream in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Confidence-Man." A conduit of real-life American prowess, the Mississippi is also a river of stories and myth.

Schneider traces the history of the Mississippi from its origins in the deep geologic past to the present. Though the busiest waterway on the planet today, the Mississippi remains a paradox a devastated product of American ingenuity, and a magnificent natural wonder."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780805091366
  • ISBN-10: 080509136X
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 416
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.35 pounds


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Books > Travel > United States - General
Books > History > United States - State & Local - Midwest
Books > History > United States - State & Local - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

Older than the Atlantic Ocean, fought over by the French, Spanish, and English, birthplace of Washington and Grant’s military careers—the Mississippi River, as Schneider tells it, is the central character in the story of America. In this stunning tale, the author of The Adirondacks documents the rich history of the Mighty Mississipp and its watershed. From the otherworldly funerary structures built by early American peoples to the booming, bawdy river towns that arose in the wake of the nascent slave trade, and from the struggles between Native Americans and the first European explorers to the war that almost rent the nation asunder, the Mississippi has played host to myriad acts of creation and destruction that have shaped American life. Migrants, speculators, and slaves have called it home, and their legacies live on in realms as diverse as heavy industry and jazz. The river stretches from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, and Schneider guides readers all the way from geological antiquity to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. With such an expert hand on the tiller, Old Man River is an astonishing journey. 60 b&w halftones. Agent: David Kuhn, Kuhn Projects. (Sept.)

 
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