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Wicked river [electronic resource] : The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild. Lee Sandlin.

Sandlin, Lee. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780307379511 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Publisher: New York : Vintage, 2010.

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Summary, etc.: From award-winning journalist Lee Sandlin comes a riveting look at one of the most colorful, dangerous, and peculiar places in America's historical landscape: the strange, wonderful, and mysterious Mississippi River of the nineteenth century.Beginning in the early 1800s and climaxing with the siege of Vicksburg in 1863, Wicked River takes us back to a time before the Mississippi was dredged into a shipping channel, and before Mark Twain romanticized it into myth. Drawing on an array of suspenseful and bizarre firsthand accounts, Sandlin brings to life a place where river pirates brushed elbows with future presidents and religious visionaries shared passage with thieves--a world unto itself where, every night, near the levees of the big river towns, hundreds of boats gathered to form dusk-to-dawn cities dedicated to music, drinking, and gambling. Here is a minute-by-minute account of Natchez being flattened by a tornado; the St. Louis harbor being crushed by a...
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Subject: Nonfiction.
Genre: Electronic books.

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