Hardback
June 9, 2015
9781611174854
English
352
10.00 Inches (US)
7.00 Inches (US)
2.15 Pounds (US)
$34.99 USD
v2.1 Reference

The Mobile River

The Mobile River presents the first-ever narrative history of this important American watercourse. Inspired by the venerable Rivers of America series, John S. Sledge weaves chronological and thematic elements with personal experiences and more than sixty color and black-and-white images for a rich and rewarding read.

The Mobile River appears on the map full and wide at Nannahubba, fifty miles from the coast, where the Alabama and the Tombigbee rivers meet, but because it empties their waters into Mobile Bay and subsequently the Gulf of Mexico, it usurps them and their multitudinous tributaries. If all of the rivers, creeks, streams, bayous, bogues, branches, swamps, sloughs, rivulets, and trickles that ultimately pour into Mobile Bay are factored into the equation, the Mobile assumes awesome importance and becomes the outlet for the sixth largest river basin in the United States and the largest emptying into the Gulf east of the Mississippi River.

Previous historians have paid copious attention to the other rivers that make up the Mobile's basin, but the namesake stream along with its majestic delta and beautiful bay have been strangely neglected. In an attempt to redress the imbalance, Sledge launches this book with a first-person river tour by "haul-ass boat." Along the way he highlights the four diverse personalities of this short stream—upland hardwood forest, upper swamp, lower swamp, and harbor.

In the historical saga that follows, readers learn about colonial forts, international treaties, bloody massacres, and thundering naval battles, as well as what the Mobile River's inhabitants ate and how they dressed through time. A barge load of colorful characters is introduced, including Indian warriors, French diplomats, British cartographers, Spanish tavern keepers, Creole women, steamboat captains, African slaves, Civil War generals and admirals, Apache prisoners, hydraulic engineers, stevedores, banana importers, Rosie Riveters, and even a few river rats subsisting off the grid—all of them actors in a uniquely American pageant of conflict, struggle, and endless opportunity along a river that gave a city its name.

Reviews

"A fine, fascinating book. John S. Sledge introduces us to four centuries worth of heroes and rogues on one incredible American river."—Winston Groom

"A fine, fascinating book. John S. Sledge introduces us to four centuries worth of heroes and rogues on one incredible American river."—Winston Groom

"This book is a must for those thirsty for knowledge."—Idgie, Dew on the Kudzu

"Who would imagine a river only 45 miles long could encompass such a rich past - a 13th-century Mississippian chiefdom, a French-colonial counterpart to English Jamestown, the last ship carrying enslaved Africans to the US? In his evocative and well-written saga, John Sledge brilliantly explores the myriad ways human history has entwined with the Mobile River."—Gregory A. Waselkov, author of A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814

"We think of rivers as natural phenomena, but as John Sledge shows, the rivers we know by name and experience are human inventions. Brimming with anecdotes, 'The Mobile River' is an eye-opening introduction to the waterways and people that have written the history of this underappreciated region of the United States."—Lincoln Paine, author of "The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World"

"The Mobile River is the latest affirmation of John Sledge's extraordinary talent as a historical researcher and author. In this masterful, exquisitely crafted work, he takes us along and underneath the Mobile River and inland as well as he weaves his compelling narrative of over 300 years of our region's rich history. This book promises to be the definitive work on this topic.David E. Alsobrook, director, History Museum of Mobile"

"Though the Mobile is a short river, it has a long and colorful history. John S. Sledge tells the Mobile River's story with style, grace, and insight. This is a splendid book. I cannot think of another study where the connections between a stream and a city are more clearly identified and explained."—Harvey H. Jackson III, Professor Emeritus of History, Jacksonville State University

"This book is a must for those thirsty for knowledge."—Idgie, Dew on the Kudzu

"Though the Mobile is a short river, it has a long and colorful history. John S. Sledge tells the Mobile River's story with style, grace, and insight. This is a splendid book. I cannot think of another study where the connections between a stream and a city are more clearly identified and explained."—Harvey H. Jackson III, Professor Emeritus of History, Jacksonville State University

"The Mobile River is the latest affirmation of John Sledge's extraordinary talent as a historical researcher and author. In this masterful, exquisitely crafted work, he takes us along and underneath the Mobile River and inland as well as he weaves his compelling narrative of over 300 years of our region's rich history. This book promises to be the definitive work on this topic.David E. Alsobrook, director, History Museum of Mobile"

"We think of rivers as natural phenomena, but as John Sledge shows, the rivers we know by name and experience are human inventions. Brimming with anecdotes, 'The Mobile River' is an eye-opening introduction to the waterways and people that have written the history of this underappreciated region of the United States."—Lincoln Paine, author of "The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World"

"Who would imagine a river only 45 miles long could encompass such a rich past - a 13th-century Mississippian chiefdom, a French-colonial counterpart to English Jamestown, the last ship carrying enslaved Africans to the US? In his evocative and well-written saga, John Sledge brilliantly explores the myriad ways human history has entwined with the Mobile River."—Gregory A. Waselkov, author of A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814

9781611174854 : the-mobile-river-sledge
Hardback
352 Pages
$34.99 USD

Other Titles by John S. Sledge

The Gulf of Mexico

John S. Sledge
Nov 2019 - University of South Carolina Press
$29.99 USD - Hardback
$29.99 USD - Electronic book text

The Mobile River

John S. Sledge
Apr 2015 - University of South Carolina Press
$34.99 USD - Electronic book text

Southern Bound

John S. Sledge, foreword by Walter B. Edgar
Mar 2013 - University of South Carolina Press
$19.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from Non Series

A Guidebook to South Carolina Historical Markers

compiled byEdwin Breeden
Feb 2021 - University of South Carolina Press
$74.99 USD - book
$24.99 USD - book
$24.99 USD - ebook

Live at Jackson Station

Daniel M. Harrison
Jan 2021 - University of South Carolina Press
$24.99 USD - book
$24.99 USD - ebook

Monumental Harm

Roger C. Hartley
Jan 2021 - University of South Carolina Press
$89.99 USD - book
$29.99 USD - book
$29.99 USD - ebook

Other Titles in HISTORY / Historical Geography

Mapping an Atlantic World, circa 1500

Alida C. Metcalf
Oct 2020 - The Johns Hopkins University Press
$54.95 USD - Hardback
$54.95 USD - Electronic book text

Making Bourbon

Karl Raitz
Mar 2020 - University Press of Kentucky
$60.00 USD - book

Writing Cities

James Amelang
Dec 2019 - Central European University Press
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback