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Old Man River : the Mississippi River in North American history

Author: Paul Schneider
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
A fascinating account of how the Mississippi River shaped America.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Schneider
ISBN: 9780805091366 080509136X
OCLC Number: 822971529
Notes: "A John Macrae book."
Description: xiii, 394 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Prelude: The American watershed --
Book one. River of giants : continents collide, glaciers recede, mastodons bellow, and humans arrive --
Ice on the rocks --
The Missouri leviathan --
Bones and stones --
Broken arrows --
Mammoth season --
Book two. River of mounds --
The rise and fall, and rise and fall, and rise of Native America --
Among the effigies --
Poverty point --
60,000 pearls --
The Mississippian moment --
The great serpent --
Book three. River of fortune --
The Spanish exit, the French arrive, the Iroquois take action --
Bonjour Great Khan --
In the Iroquois longhouse --
The American bottom --
The Illinois Country --
Adrift --
The incomparable La Salle --
Nous sommes tous sauvages --
The wrath --
If the river don't rise --
Book four. River of empires --
The English enter, the French exit, the Iroquois negotiate, and the Americans take over --
The scramble for the Forks --
The half king --
Adieu New France --
The American watershed --
Allegheny mornings --
Book five. Life on the Mississippi --
Flatboats and keelboats, steamboats and showboats, songsters and soul drivers --
Down a lazy river --
I long to see you --
Up the wicked river --
All aboard --
Down below --
Book six. River of blood --
Lincoln and Davis, New Orleans and Vicksburg, victory and defeat --
Blood on the tracks --
Anaconda --
Up in flames --
Book seven. On the lake of the engineers --
Floods rise, levees rise, dams rise, while mountains fall and grasses sink --
The mouth --
All the lists of clay --
Old Man River.
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"[A] vivid history."--"The New Yorker""In fabulous yarn-spinning sentences, [Schneider] whirs through the geologic eras in which the river was formed...A fabulous romp...Schneider is a marvelously Read more...

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