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Life on the Mississippi River

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Emma Langer

on 26 September 2012

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Transcript of Life on the Mississippi River

Invented in the early 1800s
Allowed people to ride upstream
Increased trade
Carried goods, passengers, even
casinos and shows
Created a "river culture"
The Mississippi went from being the nation's frontier to the heartland. Prezi created by Emma Langer, Brianna Ammerman and Megan Crawford Life on the Mississippi River States surrounding the Mississippi Minnesota
Kentucky Mississippi River was America's first interstate
The early transportation methods were rafts and keel boats
Traders would sail down to the mouth and then have to walk back up the river
Steamboats/riverboats were introduced in the 1820's
Steamboats could travel both upstream and downstream so people and goods could travel back and forth. Keel Boat How did the Steamboat Revolutionize the Mississippi? What is a Steamboat? Many people relied on the
river for water supply
Floods in 1849 and 1850
caused widespread damage
to land surrounding the river.
National interest was then
given to help control the river
(dams, levees, locks) How did the Steamboat
revolutionize the Mississippi? Why don't we have
Steamboats today? Would sometimes collide,
for they were not easy
to maneuver
If they were to crash,
they would catch fire
Many people were killed in the early days of Steamboats "America's First Interstate: The Mississippi River." National Scenic Byways Online. Alton/Twin Rivers Convention & Visitors Bureau, 8 May 2012. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. <http://byways.org/stories/57802>.

How Were States Effected by the River? Life on the Mississippi River Much of life around the river was sustained by trading goods such as fur, lumber, cotton, bales and seed along the river
Some natives were pushed west due to the soil exhaustion and war between whites and Indians
Indians, whites, along with German, French and Irish immigrants settled in the area
Lower Mississippi River was considered slave country Sources Transportation and Travel How did Slavery affect the Mississippi River? Cotton production was a booming industry
Along the river, people needed more slaves
The fertile soil was perfect for cash crops
The Civil War divided the river in two. Whoever gained control of it had an immediate advantage. Hope you learned something about the Mississippi River! Kastor, Peter J. "Mark Twain's Mississippi: Overview, 1800-1850." Mark Twain's Mississippi: Overview, 1800-1850. Mark Twain's Mississippi, 2005. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. <http://dig.lib.niu.edu/twain/kastor-overview.html>.
Moore, Richard. "Rivers of Life: History of Transportation, Part 1." Rivers of Life: History of Transportation, Part 1. Hamline University Graduate School of Education, 2001. Web. 13 Sept. 2012. <http://cgee.hamline.edu/rivers/Resources/Voices/transportation1.htm>.
Schilling, and Sellmeyer. "Slavery in the Ozarks." Slavery in the Ozarks. Springfield-Greene County Library District, 2009. Web. 13 Sept. 2012. <http://www.ozarkscivilwar.org/themes/slavery>.
"Steaming Up the River « Iowa Pathways." Steaming Up the River « Iowa Pathways. State Historical Society of Iowa, 2005. Web. 12 Sept. 2012. <http://www.iptv.org/iowapathways/mypath.cfm?ounid=ob_000218>.
"Features." America's Byways®: National Scenic Byways Online. Federal Highway, 8 May 2012. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://byways.org/>
J., Peter. "Mark Twain's Mississippi." Illinois Historical Digitization Projects: Northern Illinois University Libraries. N.p., 2005. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://dig.lib.niu.edu/>..
Moore, Richard. "Rivers of Life Home Page." Rivers of Life Home Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://cgee.hamline.edu/rivers/>.
Hurt, John. "The Mississippi River." N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <newworldencyclopedia.org>.
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