Life on the Mississippi

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform


Category: Authors, American

Page: 26

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BUT the basin of the Mississippi is the BODY OF THE NATION. All the other parts are but members, important in themselves, yet more important in their relations to this. Exclusive of the Lake basin and of 300,000 square miles in Texas and New Mexico, which in many aspects form a part of it, this basin contains about 1,250,000 square miles. In extent it is the second great valley of the world, being exceeded only by that of the Amazon. The valley of the frozen Obi approaches it in extent; that of La Plata comes next in space, and probably in habitable capacity, having about eight-ninths of its area; then comes that of the Yenisei, with about seven-ninths; the Lena, Amoor, Hoang-ho, Yang-tse-kiang, and Nile, five-ninths; the Ganges, less than one-half; the Indus, less than one-third; the Euphrates, one-fifth; the Rhine, one-fifteenth. It exceeds in extent the whole of Europe, exclusive of Russia, Norway, and Sweden. IT WOULD CONTAIN AUSTRIA FOUR TIMES, GERMANY OR SPAIN FIVE TIMES, FRANCE SIX TIMES, THE BRITISH ISLANDS OR ITALY TEN TIMES. Conceptions formed from the river-basins of Western Europe are rudely shocked when we consider the extent of the valley of the Mississippi; nor are those formed from the sterile basins of the great rivers of Siberia, the lofty plateaus of Central Asia, or the mighty sweep of the swampy Amazon more adequate. Latitude, elevation, and rainfall all combine to render every part of the Mississippi Valley capable of supporting a dense population. AS A DWELLING-PLACE FOR CIVILIZED MAN IT IS BY FAR THE FIRST UPON OUR GLOBE.

Life on the Mississippi

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authors, American

Page: 527

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The boys' ambition

from Life on the Mississippi

Author: Mark Twain,George Overlie

Publisher: Lerner Pub Group


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 32

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Mark Twain relates the boyhood experiences on the Mississippi that led to his ambition to be a river-boat pilot.

Black Life on the Mississippi

Slaves, Free Blacks, and the Western Steamboat World

Author: Thomas C. Buchanan

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807876565

Category: History

Page: 272

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All along the Mississippi--on country plantation landings, urban levees and quays, and the decks of steamboats--nineteenth-century African Americans worked and fought for their liberty amid the slave trade and the growth of the cotton South. Offering a counternarrative to Twain's well-known tale from the perspective of the pilothouse, Thomas C. Buchanan paints a more complete picture of the Mississippi, documenting the rich variety of experiences among slaves and free blacks who lived and worked on the lower decks and along the river during slavery, through the Civil War, and into emancipation. Buchanan explores the creative efforts of steamboat workers to link riverside African American communities in the North and South. The networks African Americans created allowed them to keep in touch with family members, help slaves escape, transfer stolen goods, and provide forms of income that were important to the survival of their communities. The author also details the struggles that took place within the steamboat work culture. Although the realities of white supremacy were still potent on the river, Buchanan shows how slaves, free blacks, and postemancipation freedpeople fought for better wages and treatment. By exploring the complex relationship between slavery and freedom, Buchanan sheds new light on the ways African Americans resisted slavery and developed a vibrant culture and economy up and down America's greatest river.

Life on the Mississippi

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authors, American

Page: 465

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A memoir by Mark Twain of his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War, and also a travel book, recounting his trip along the Mississippi from St. Louis to New Orleans many years after the War.

The Writings of Mark Twain: Life on the Mississippi

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Palala Press

ISBN: 9781379234937

Category: History

Page: 502

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Mississippi Writings

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: 9780940450073

Category: Fiction

Page: 1084

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Recounts the stories of two boys living on the Mississippi, a case of mistaken identity, and Twain's own experiences growing up along the river

Life in a Mississippi River Town

Author: Laura Fischer

Publisher: Capstone Classroom

ISBN: 9781403442833

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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An overview of everyday life in the cities of the central Mississippi River Valley between 1820 and 1870, when the river was the primary means of transportation.

Who Is Mark Twain?

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062020854

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

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Who Is Mark Twain? is a collection of twenty six wickedly funny, thought-provoking essays by Samuel Langhorne Clemens—aka Mark Twain—none of which have ever been published before, and all of which are completely contemporary, amazingly relevant, and gut-bustingly hilarious.

Working the Mississippi

Two Centuries of Life on the River

Author: Bonnie Stepenoff

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826273491

Category: History

Page: 201

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The Mississippi River occupies a sacred place in American culture and mythology. Often called The Father of Rivers, it winds through American life in equal measure as a symbol and as a topographic feature. To the people who know it best, the river is life and a livelihood. River boatmen working the wide Mississippi are never far from land. Even in the dark, they can smell plants and animals and hear people on the banks and wharves. Bonnie Stepenoff takes readers on a cruise through history, showing how workers from St. Louis to Memphis changed the river and were in turn changed by it. Each chapter of this fast-moving narrative focuses on representative workers: captains and pilots, gamblers and musicians, cooks and craftsmen. Readers will find workers who are themselves part of the country’s mythology from Mark Twain and anti-slavery crusader William Wells Brown to musicians Fate Marable and Louis Armstrong.

Old Times on the Upper Mississippi

Recollections of a Steamboat Pilot from 1854 to 1863

Author: George Byron Merrick

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3954274515

Category: Transportation

Page: 324

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What was life like on the Mississippi in the good old days? What were the challenges? How was navigation done? Which ships were on the river? These questions and many more are answered by the recollecions of a famous steam boat pilot, George Merrick. This book was first published in 1909.

Life on the Mississippi (1883) ( Memoir ) By: Mark Twain

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542846929


Page: 548

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Life on the Mississippi (1883) is a memoir by Mark Twain of his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War, and also a travel book, recounting his trip along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans many years after the War.

My Life on the Mississippi

or Why I am Not Mark Twain

Author: Richard Bissell

Publisher: eNet Press

ISBN: 1618865587


Page: N.A

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A skillful, and frequently hilarious, comparison of Mark Twain and the author, Richard Bissell. Part commentary and part autobiography, Bissell deftly interweaves family history, anecdotes, and career paths into an unforgettable linking of two outstanding authors and river boat buffs living almost a century apart.

Life on the Mississippi

Author: Ralph K. Andrist

Publisher: New Word City

ISBN: 1612309496

Category: History

Page: 220

View: 9768

To most people, thanks to Mark Twain, "Mississippi" suggests riverboat. Here, from award-winning historian Ralph K. Andrist, is the dramatic story of the great, Mississippi steam paddle-wheelers and the world through which they moved - a world these revolutionary ships and their captains, crews, and creators were largely responsible for bringing into being.

Death on the Mississippi: The Mark Twain Mysteries #1

Author: Peter J. Heck

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 1479428892

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 5590

There was a ghastly murder in New York City, and Mark Twain's address was in the dead man's pocket. But even more alarming was that Twain had just received a message sent by anold friend from his riverboat days -- and the handwriting matched the note found on the corpse. So with his new secretary, Wentworth Cabot, Twain caught a steamboat bound for New Orleans. On board were all matter of people -- wealthy tourists and old river rats, literary amateurs and high-stakes gamblers . . . and a determined killer whose only goal was to bring Mark Twain's celebrated career to a stop!