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The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisiana Purchase to Today.

AMBROSE, Stephen A., and BRINKLEY, Douglas G.

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ISBN 10: 0792269136 / ISBN 13: 9780792269137
Published by National Geographic Society [2002], Washington, DC, 2002
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Oblong small 4to. Blue leatherette with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 273pp. Frontispiece, numerous illustrations (many color), maps. Fine/fine. Handsome first edition, tight and perfect -- with an archival, decorative-edge bookplate signed boldly by Ambrose in black fineline on the front flyleaf. Bookseller Inventory # 38954

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Title: The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: ...

Publisher: National Geographic Society [2002], Washington, DC

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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On a map, the Mississippi River cuts America neatly in half coursing from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico and separating East from West. But the Mississippi is in fact the “spine of our nation,” says Stephen Ambrose. It knits the nation together and connects the heartland to the world. It is our great natural wonder, a priceless treasure bought for a fledgling America by the visionary Thomas Jefferson just 200 years ago.
 
Distinguished historians Stephen Ambrose and Douglas Brinkley, with acclaimed National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, explore the length of the Mississippi—from its mouth at Delacroix Island, Louisiana, to its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota. The result is this lavish, entertaining, engrossing chronicle of the “father of the waters,” which has shaped the history, the culture, and the very landscape of America.
 
Highlighted by Sam Abell’s evocative contemporary photographs and wonderful period illustrations, artwork, documents, and maps, this extraordinary panorama of America’s heartland offers a lively, informative journey through the history and the landscape carved by the mighty Mississippi.

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Two widely known historians buddied up to ascend Old Man River and produce this profusely illustrated album. Inspired by the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase, Ambrose and Brinkley offer innumerable insights about the river's significance--socially, militarily, economically, and culturally--in American history. Their work is not history of the river per se; it is akin to a homes-and-haunts tour, not for novice tourists such as Natchez offers but for history-aware readers curious about signal people who lived along the river. Between James Eads, who made navigable the mouth of the Mississippi, and Henry Schoolcraft, who discovered its true source in Lake Itasca, Ambrose and Brinkley present a gallery of figures, introducing each as they reach the town with which the person is associated. Not all are famous: one expects regaling about Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans, but a bonus is Jordan Bankston Noble, a 14-year-old free black drummer in the battle. Indeed, black history is prominent much of the authors' way northward as they visit stations on the Underground Railroad, Civil War battlefields, or places where Louis Armstrong, Leadbelly, or Richard Wright grew up. Variegated and ruminative about the Mississippi's physical and literary centrality to American history, Ambrose and Brinkley's exploration will justly attract great attention. Gilbert Taylor
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