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Old Man River

Old Man River

The Mississippi River in North American History

by Paul Schneider
Publication Date: 24/09/2013
 
In Old Man River, Paul Schneider tells the story of the river at the centre 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.
ISBN:
9780805091366
9780805091366
Category:
History of the Americas
Publication Date:
24-09-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company Inc
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
416
Dimensions (mm):
236x163x33mm
Weight:
0.61kg

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