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The Majesty of the Mississippi Delta
     

The Majesty of the Mississippi Delta

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by Jim Frasier, Wes Freeman (Photographer), John C. Willis (Foreword by)
 

This book presents the manner in which builders adapted to the whimsy of a river and the tides of technological, social, and political change while preserving the beauty and grandeur for which the South is known.

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This book presents the manner in which builders adapted to the whimsy of a river and the tides of technological, social, and political change while preserving the beauty and grandeur for which the South is known.

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Library Journal
Mention Mississippi plantation homes and images of slaves, King Cotton, and the Civil War immediately come to mind. While not ignoring these issues, Fraiser (Mississippi River Country Tales) focuses here primarily on the architecture of the homes, churches, and monuments that are still found in the Mississippi River Delta region, stretching from Port Gibson to Holly Springs. These architectural masterpieces were built with both comfort and practicality in mind; comfort is seen in the columns, porticos, and balustrades, while practicality is evident in the structural efforts to cope with withering summer heat and humidity and a river prone to deadly flooding. Fraiser presents the right mixture of history and folklore to make the book readable by anyone interested in architecture, while Freeman's exquisite photographs capture the antebellum beauty, which endures to this day and makes this area of Mississippi a favorite with tourists. Public libraries in the region will definitely want to add this to their collections, but it is also suitable for libraries of all sizes because of its reasonable price, insightful text, and stunning photographs. Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565548695
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/31/2002
Series:
Majesty Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,335,947
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

JIM FRAISER is a federal administrative law judge and a law school and college instructor. He is a freelance journalist/photographer and has written regularly for various Mississippi publications. A professional actor and director, Fraiser is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild.

West Freeman is a native New Orleanian. His photographs have been featured in Architectural Digest, New Orleans Magazine, and the Times-Picayune and are a part of the permanent collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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The Majesty of the Mississippi Delta 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book--the photography is breathtaking, from the pictures of the Rolling Fork mansion resting atop a native ceremonial ground to the beautiful mansions of Vicksburg. Even better are the photos of the interiors of the magnificent plantation homes of the region. The text is equally fascinating, with precise explanations of the various kinds of Delta architecture (Greek Revival, Italianate, etc.), and in-depth discussions of the histories of each property and the towns (Greenwood, Greenville, Clarksdale, etc.) in which they are located. I loved hearing about the Tussie Mussies (courting couch for lovers and their chaperon) and the priceless porcelain ladies dressing boudoir that was the last gift given by the Holy Roman Emperor, later owned by thei infamous Mata Hari and ultimately given as a gift to the present owner for helping Jews to escape Hitler. This is the best and most beautiful book I've ever read on this subject, by far.