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Author Stepenoff, Bonnie, 1949- author.

Title Working the Mississippi : two centuries of life on the river / Bonnie Stepenoff.

Publication Info. Columbia, Missouri : University of Missouri Press, 2015.


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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Contents Introduction -- St. Louis, Missouri -- Captains -- Ste. Genevieve, Missouri -- Pilots -- Chester, Illinois -- Mates, deckhands, and roustabouts -- Cape Girardeau, Missouri -- Stewards, cooks, and maids -- Cairo, Illinois -- Engineers -- New Madrid, Missouri -- Confidence men and gamblers -- Memphis, Tennessee -- Musicians and entertainers -- Conclusion -- Appendix One. Glossary of names -- Appendix Two. Glossary of boats.
Summary 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.
Language English.
Subject Mississippi River -- History -- 19th century.
Mississippi River -- History -- 20th century.
Mississippi River -- Description and travel.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
Travel. (OCoLC)fst01155558
Mississippi River. (OCoLC)fst01240238
Regions & Countries -- Americas.
History & Archaeology.
United States Local History.
Chronological Term 1800-1999
Genre/Form Electronic book.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Erscheint auch als: Druck-Ausgabe Stepenoff, Bonnie. Working the Mississippi : Two Centuries of Life on the River. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2015 9780826220530
ISBN 9780826273499 (electronic bk.)
0826273491 (electronic bk.)
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