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date: 23 August 2019

Mississippi River, 

Source:
The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature
Author(s):

James D. Hart

principal river of the U.S., drains the great central basin between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. Having its source in northern Minnesota, and flowing through the center of the Prairie and Southern states, the river has for its chief tributaries the Missouri and Ohio rivers. Dominating the economic life of the South and Middle West until the Civil War and the coming of the railroads, the Mississippi was the focus of a distinctive type of American culture during the glamorous period of steamboats and showboats (... ...

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