Voices on the River: The Story of the Mississippi Waterways

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Voices on the River relates two centuries of tales of famous steamboats and of the men who piloted them, from the renowned Mark Twain to the trailblazing Captain Henry Shreve. The book portrays roustabouts on the main deck, passengers in plush cabins, pilots at the big steering wheel, and government engineers at work in shifting channels. It shows Native American tribes carried to exile; soldiers transported to army posts; artists, scientists, and adventurers on their way to wild country; and immigrants thronging...
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Voices on the River relates two centuries of tales of famous steamboats and of the men who piloted them, from the renowned Mark Twain to the trailblazing Captain Henry Shreve. The book portrays roustabouts on the main deck, passengers in plush cabins, pilots at the big steering wheel, and government engineers at work in shifting channels. It shows Native American tribes carried to exile; soldiers transported to army posts; artists, scientists, and adventurers on their way to wild country; and immigrants thronging river landings where the inland cities rose. Voices on the River follows frontier commerce up the Mississippi River and its two major tributaries, the Ohio and the Missouri. It tells of steamboat speed records, races, and disasters, and of the growing nation in the vast Midwest. This book gathers memories of a wide variety of Mississippi characters to provide an engrossing portrait of the expanse of river life.
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Four histories on the cheap from Castle. Blond chronicles the rise of Napoleon, Havighurst follows 300 years of travel on the Mississippi. Russell's work unfurls 200 years of Adams's politics, as Churchill's granddaughter details his actions in the Anglo-Boer war as a journalist and POW. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

1 Prologue: Blow for a Landmark 1
I Mississippi Sunrise
2 Great River 17
3 All the Way to Shawneetown 29
4 Six Men and an Earthquake 43
II Two Thousand Packets
5 Smoke on the Rivers 53
6 Captain Shreve Was There 67
7 Travelers' Tales 77
8 River Song 95
9 Voyage to Exile 101
10 Horizon North 109
11 The Way to Future City 123
12 "Cotton Pile!" 133
13 Jim Bludso's Ghost 145
14 Mark Twain, Pilot 155
III The Chained River
15 The Fleet at Pittsburg Landing 169
16 Eads's Ironclads 177
17 Guns at Vicksburg 187
IV Indian Summer
18 The Splendid Packets 197
19 The Mountain Trip 209
20 Raftsman Jim 225
21 A Century of Showboats 235
V Towboat River
22 Dayboards, Buoys and Beacons 247
23 The New Waterway 257
24 Down to New Orleans 265
Acknowledgments 285
Bibliography 287
Index 299
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2004

    'Voices' come alive on the Mississippi

    Growing up in a Mississippi River town in Minnesota I was delighted with Havighurst's 'Voices on the River', but I suspect anyone who knows the reach of this great river will take some delight in the book too. The author has a knack for bringing the characters (people and boats) to life, and conveying the sights, sounds, and smells of early life up and down the river. Some years after reading it I picked up a young German student hitchiking in Wisconsin and we continued on I-90 across the Mississippi at LaCrosse. His eyes got wide as he saw the bluffs and then the river itself. He said students in Europe study the Mississippi and its great influence on life in America. We Amercians should experience some of that awe too, and 'Voices on the River' is a great way to get there.

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