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Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild

Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild

Beginning in the early 1800s and climaxing with the siege of Vicksburg in 1863, Wicked River takes us back to a time before the Mississippi was dredged into a shipping channel, and before Mark Twain romanticized it into myth.

PART ONE - The River Rising


Chapter 1: Gone on the River

Chapter 2: Old Devil River

Chapter 3: The Comet’s Tail

PART TWO - “Do You Live on the River?”

Chapter 4: Like Bubbles on a Sea

Chapter 5: The Desire of an Ignorant Westerner

Chapter 6: Bloody Island

Chapter 7: The Roar of Niagara

Chapter 8: The Cosmopolitan Tide

Chapter 9: A Pile of Shavings

Chapter 10: The Coasts of Dark Destruction

PART THREE - The Course of Empire

Chapter 11: The Mound Builders

Chapter 12: A Young Man of Splendid Abilities

Chapter 13: The Oracles

PART FOUR - Behemoth

Chapter 14: The Sky Parlor

Chapter 15: The Alligator

PART FIVE - The Good and the Thoughtless

Chapter 16: The Last of the Floating Life

A Note on Sources