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River of Dreams : Imagining the Mississippi Before Mark Twain (Hardcover)

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This new study examines the Mississippi's role in the imagination of the times and explores its cultural position in antebellum literature, art, thought, and national life. From Thomas Jefferson's vision of the Mississippi to Andrew Jackson and the rowdy river culture of the nineteenth century, Smith charts the river's shifting importance in the making of the nation. He explores the accounts of European travelers including Frances Trollope, Charles Dickens, and William Makepeace Thackeray, whose views were heavily influenced by the world of the steamboat and plantation slavery. He also discusses the importance of visual representations of the Mississippi to reveal ways the river echoed notions of manifest destiny and westward movement. Finally, Smith's epilogue provides a discussion of the Mississippi during the Civil War and an introduction to Mark Twain.


Publisher Louisiana State Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780807132333
SKU 203959095
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0807132330
Release Date 8/13/2012
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0232
Publisher Louisiana State University Press
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