Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild

Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild

Lee Sandlin


A riveting narrative examine probably the most colourful, harmful, and bizarre areas in America's historic panorama: the unusual, exceptional, and mysterious Mississippi River of the nineteenth century.
 
Beginning within the early 1800s and climaxing with the siege of Vicksburg in 1863, Wicked River brings to lifestyles a spot the place river pirates brushed elbows with destiny presidents and spiritual visionaries shared passage with thieves. here's a minute-by-minute account of Natchez being flattened via a twister; the St. Louis harbor being beaten by way of an important ice floe; hidden, nefarious celebrations of Mardi Gras; and the sinking of the Sultana, the worst naval catastrophe in American historical past. right here, too, is the Mississippi itself: beautiful, perilous, and unpredictable. Masterfully informed, Wicked River is an exuberant paintings of Americana that portrays a forgotten society at the fringe of innovative change.

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