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Title:
When the Mississippi ran backwards : empire, intrigue, murder, and the New Madrid earthquakes
ISBN:
9780743242783
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Free Press, c2005.
Physical Description:
viii, 307 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents:
I: Portents -- A time of extraordinaries -- II: Rumblings -- A country equal to our most sanguine wishes -- Disappointments and sufferings -- One of those uncommon geniuses -- The impending destruction -- The bloody ground -- The monster of the waters -- III: Upheaval -- All nature was in a state of dissolution -- A real chaos -- IV: Aftershocks -- The accumulated load of public odium -- A war of extirpation -- The fatal blow -- The field of slaughter.
Abstract:
An account of the ecological and historical impact of a series of Mississippi River Valley earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 documents how towns were destroyed and political loyalties were altered, changing the course of the War of 1812.
Format:
Book

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