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When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12

By: Jay Feldman

Price: $15.95

Publisher: Free Press: April 2012

Seller ID: 18259

ISBN: 0743242793

Condition: New


On December 15, 1811, two of Thomas Jefferson's nephews murdered a slave in cold blood and put his body parts into a roaring fire. The evidence would have been destroyed but for a rare act of God -- or, as some believed, of the Indian chief Tecumseh. That same day, the Mississippi River's first steamboat, piloted by Nicholas Roosevelt, powered itself toward New Orleans on its maiden voyage. The sky grew hazy and red, and jolts of electricity flashed in the air. A prophecy by Tecumseh was about to be fulfilled. He had warned reluctant warrior-tribes that he would stamp his feet and brin... View more info

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Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans

By: Joyce Appleby

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press: September 2001

Seller ID: 17571

ISBN: 0674006631

Condition: New


Born after the Revolution, the first generation of Americans inherited a truly new world--and, with it, the task of working out the terms of Independence. Anyone who started a business, marketed a new invention, ran for office, formed an association, or wrote for publication was helping to fashion the world's first liberal society. These are the people we encounter in "Inheriting the Revolution," a vibrant tapestry of the lives, callings, decisions, desires, and reflections of those Americans who turned the new abstractions of democracy, the nation, and free enterprise into contested realit... View more info

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

By: Tony Horwitz

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Picador: August 2012

Seller ID: 18236

ISBN: 0312429266

Condition: New


A "New York Times" Notable Book for 2011A "Library Journal "Top Ten Best Books of 2011A "Boston Globe" Best Nonfiction Book of 2011Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown launched a surprise raid on the slaveholding South. Leading a biracial band of militant idealists, he seized the massive armory at Harpers Ferry, freed and armed slaves, and vowed to liberate every bondsman in America.Brown's daring strike sparked a savage street fight and a counterattack by U.S. Marines under Robert E. Lee. The bloodshed and court drama that followed also shocked a divided nation and pro... View more info