Paul Schneider

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4:16 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

How America's 'Old Man River' Shaped History

A screenshot of the Mississippi River watershed from the stream mapping tool created by the Department of the Interior.
www.nationalatlas.gov/streamer

From transporting Native Americans to the founding of the United States and beyond, the Mississippi River is an integral part of American history.

In his new book, Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History, author Paul Schneider weaves together all of these stories and more to tell the greater story of a continent formed and transformed by a river which both divides and unites.

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