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Wicked river : the Mississippi when it last ran wild

by Sandlin, Lee.

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A chronicle of the Mississippi River in the first half of the nineteenth century--before it was tamed by commerce and technology--draws on first-hand accounts to describe life along the river, natural and man-made disasters, acts of piracy, and cultural celebrations. Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Prologue
  • pt. 1. The river rising
  • Gone on the river
  • Old Devil River
  • The comet's tail
  • Like bubbles on a sea
  • pt. 2. "Do you live on the river?"
  • The desire of an ignorant Westerner
  • Bloody island
  • The roar of Niagara
  • The cosmopolitan tide
  • A pile of shavings
  • The coasts of dark destruction
  • pt. 3. The course of empire
  • The mound builders
  • A young man of splendid abilities
  • The oracles
  • pt. 4. Behemoth
  • The sky parlor
  • The alligator
  • pt. 5. The good and the thoughtless
  • The last of the floating life
  • Epilogue.