Location: Old Man River
Paul Schneider has provided us with an incredible resource on the Mississippi River and its entire watershed that is simply magnificent it its bread and depth, for our reading pleasure.
With extensive maps, many, many photo images, and an excellent narrative this volume provides a totally new insight into the river that was the highway of the central portion of what is now the United States for most of history. This history shared in this is remarkable. I am a history buff, but I was blown away by the details shared in this writing.
The subtitle is: The Mississippi River in North American History. That very descriptive of what you get when you read this text. Much of book speaks from actual experiences of the author in navigating the mighty river itself as well as its many major and minor tributaries. These stories really bring "life on the river" to life. It also enhances the historical stories that have been gleaned from historic accounts, but they feel like we are actually living through each era, today.
From the ancient peoples to the Native Americas, then to the Spanish and French, followed by the British and the Americans, we get a complete coverage of the different ways in which these various cultures each responded distinctively to this massive river system. Then, in more modern times, we see how our civilization changed the way we treat our river systems.
I was especially fascinated by individual stories of how the river changed, in different parts, over time. Even earthquakes played a role in the shape of the river today. What will you find that especially fascinates you? I hope you read this book, so you can find out!
Learn even more about the Mississippi River in this interesting book.