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Old Man River

The Mississippi River In North American History

By Paul Schneider, 1962- author

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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Format: Book
Author: Schneider, Paul, 1962- author
Summary: A fascinating account of how the Mississippi River shaped America.
Title: Old Man River : the Mississippi River in North American history / Paul Schneider.
Publisher Date: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013.
Subject: River life -- Mississippi River -- History. Mississippi River -- History Mississippi River Valley -- History North America -- History
Isbn: 9780805091366 (hbk.) 080509136X (hbk.)
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Format: Book
Author: Schneider, Paul, 1962- author.
Summary: A fascinating account of how the Mississippi River shaped America.
Title: Old Man River : the Mississippi River in North American history / Paul Schneider.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013.
Description: xiii, 394 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Subjects: River life -- Mississippi River -- History.
Subjects: Mississippi River -- History
Subjects: Mississippi River Valley -- History
Subjects: North America -- History
Notes: "A John Macrae book."
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-379) and index.
Contents: The American watershed -- 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- River of blood : Lincoln and Davis, New Orleans and Vicksburg, victory and defeat. Blood on the tracks ; Anaconda ; Up in flames -- 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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ISBN: 9780805091366 (hbk.)
ISBN: 080509136X (hbk.)
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Call Number: 977 Sch