Voices on the River: The Story of the Mississippi Waterways

Voices on the River: The Story of the Mississippi Waterways

by Walter Havighurst
     
 

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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

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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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Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816641772
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
01/31/2003
Series:
Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,287,210
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

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