TITLE

Life on the Mississippi

AUTHOR(S)
Schott, Webster
PUB. DATE
January 1956
SOURCE
New Republic;1/30/56, Vol. 134 Issue 5, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents information on the book "A Treasury of Mississippi Folklore," edited by B.A. Botkin. The Mississippi gave blessings and took away necessities with fine impartiality. It enriched downstream cotton country and washed away upstream farms. It made queens of the steamboats and scuttled them at the next bend. It was frivolous, mean, beautiful. It killed gamblers and officiated at the birth of the Blues. Perhaps the Mississippi, during the golden years before highways, airplanes and diesels, never altered personality. But the literature, songs and legends of Mid-America show how emphatically it intensified and directed it.
ACCESSION #
14432850

 

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