Making the Mississippi River Over Again: The Development of River Control in Mississippi

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Greg O'Brien, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: When Mark Twain wrote those words in the 1870s the United States government was just beginning to forge a massive river control system on the Mississippi River. The post-Civil War period witnessed an explosion in levees, wing-dams, dikes, jetties, and other constructions. This colossal project along more than 2,300 miles of the river continues to this day. It has had a major impact on the economy and the natural environment of the State of Mississippi and the Mississippi River Valley.

Additional Information

Mississippi History Now (March 2002)
Language: English
Date: 2002
Mississippi River, River control, Flood prevention, Southeastern United States, History, Engineering

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