from Life on the Mississippi. Mark Twain. Perplexing Lessons. At the end of what seemed a tedious while, I had managed to pack my head full. Life on the Mississippi is a combination of three of Mark Twain's books blended into one story that continues Huck and Tom's great adventures. Huck and Tom. Life on the Mississippi is a memoir by Mark Twain, of his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War, and also a travel book.
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If you are easily offended by old southern racial references then maybe some of his work is not for you but I felt that he did not look down on African Americans because he put the runaway slave Jim on equal footing with Tom and Huck and he wrote from his time in history and it was the norm, the way people of different races interacted at that time.
Mark Twain's novels are full of humor and irony, and some very deep insight into the workings of the human spirit and mind. I highly recommend his work to anyone who wishes to enjoy novels from such a changing time and who can appreciate the differences in people but when it all came down to it everybody was the same in the end, according to Mark Twain.
Blankenship Top Contributor: Fantasy Books. For me Twain is one of the best top 10 authors America has produced and with some of his work I would have to say that he is the best This Kindle edition most certainly has included all of his major novels but of course not his short stories and articles. This is a good thing for me because I know have access to many of the book I have read over and over again. I started reading Twain when I was around 5 years old I had read all these and 70 years later I am still reading them and each time I read them I pick up a bit more.
While I have all the novels here in my library It is nice to have these wonderful work while traveling. Both my wife and I have one suite case each for our books and this little kindle most certainly cuts down of the baggage during a long trip. I purchased this version January and other than a few editorial error I really had no problem with it. I like the fact that it is indexed and you can go right to the work you want. I've long been an admirer of Mark Twain.
Few writers reveal as much of themselves in their work as does Samuel Clemens Twain. For me, he embodies the American spirit and character in a way that few others do; and "Life on the Mississippi" is Twain at the top of his game. He's a genius at dialogue, recognizes and enjoys the pretensions of people; and will not tolerate hypocrisy. His story-telling technique is wonderful, and he can be very funny. Having said that, Twain's writing can also be uneven, and sometimes a passage of utter beauty can be followed by drivel.
That's Twain. I've read that when "Life on the Mississippi" was submitted for publication, Twain's editors thought it was too short, so sent the writer on a trip down the River to reflect on the changes since he had lived there.
Twain is Twain, so reading that part of the book is not unpleasant, but it is really just a travel piece that does not begin to rise to the levels of his earlier reflections. Even so, Twain seemed to be aware that he was writing the story of a time and place that was rapidly disappearing; and in that I think he was correct.
Read this book on a rainy weekend, mostly because nothing else to do, and i didn't expect much. I was pleasantly surprised.
Well researched. Growing up in the west in a railroad town, my knowledge of the River and the boats was limited. I didn't realize the early movement from the east coast was centered North and South along the Mississippi and not straight west as most are led to believe. The author makes the early days come alive. This is a fun little book that I've recommended to friends. I ordered it for my Kindle based on the enjoyment I got from reading the author's effort on the Erie Canal, and I can't say I was disappointed.
I grew up only 20 miles from the Mississippi, but what I didn't know about the Father of Waters could -- and did -- fill a book. Certainly Mr. Andrist leans on the experiences and the writing of Mark Twain, but his early experiences as a steamboat pilot go a long way toward explaining just how ever-changing the river could be. Also fascinating to me was the fact that just about anyone could travel by steamboat -- if they were willing to load and unload cargo and help take on wood at every stop.
Mark Twain, countless travel writers, and numerous painters of that era have immortalized for us the familiar portrait of majestic three-deck steamboats plying their business along this major artery of commerce and transportation. In his evocative and highly readable Black Life on the Mississippi, Thomas Buchanan pierces that romance by placing slaves and free blacks at the center of his story. He effectively re-creates a multitextured world of African American riverboat laborers and servants, runaways, and criminals whose "alternative traditions" provide a needed corrective to the traditional narrative of what he sees as "one of the most romanticized industries in American history" For most black riverboat workers, life on the job was arduous and often dangerous.
A racial division of labor barred blacks from the highly skilled piloting position and instead consigned them to the ranks of deckhands and roustabouts, whose labor consisted of transporting goods such as cotton bales or luggage on and off steamships, or cabin-crew servants like cooks, stewards, porters, and chambermaids. Whether slaves hired by captains or free blacks who voluntarily contracted for their jobs, black riverboat workers performed "backbreaking work" 79 and were subjected to harsh discipline that included cursing, kicking, beatings, and even whippings at the hands of white supervisors, white co-workers, and even passengers; for the small number of female chambermaids, the threat of sexual abuse was ever-present.
Working conditions were rarely safe, as black riverboat workers suffered from exposure to the elements and disease and risked injury from boiler explosions, faulty equipment, and falling cargo. In cases where native-born or immigrant whites were also crew members, racial segregation in eating and sleeping arrangements was standard.
White and black boat workers [End Page ] alike "shared a rough-and-tumble brand of masculinity" 75 that involved frequent fights, heavy drinking, and petty theft. In the antebellum era, some Southern states went so far as to require the temporary jailing of free black river workers while their boats were in port.
In response, laborers took what liberties they could, resorting to work slowdowns, ignoring obnoxious passengers, and, for leased slaves, violating the law by learning to read.
For all its difficulty, riverboat work afforded its black labor force certain advantages, primarily the opportunity to travel widely. Their mobility, Buchanan argues, was the greatest of any group of African American slaves in the United States. That ability to travel far and wide enabled black workers to keep tabs on friends and family members and, crucially, to construct large-scale—if largely invisible—information networks that connected communities separated by geography.
For some, the mobility inherent in river travel also allowed them to escape slavery altogether. Buchanan estimates that thousands of Southern slaves used steamships to escape to freedom in the North. Some were riverboat workers, while others were plantation hands or urban slaves who relied on the hidden assistance of deckhands or stewards to evade the watchful eye of owners, their representatives, local police, or white crewmen.
Buchanan skillfully recounts the myriad ways fugitives made use of the river and the tools they resorted to—including forged passes, assumed identities and stolen clothes, and stowing away—to elude capture. Central to their success, he argues, was the willingness of black riverboat workers to serve as accomplices and the "underground circulation of information" that facilitated flight. Buchanan's narrative is not limited to accounts of racial oppression and heroic resistance on and off the decks of riverboats.
The book's most innovative chapter, on the Madison Henderson Gang, explores the world of "desperate rascals" and black lawbreakers who attracted the attention and condemnation of contemporary whites but who have been ignored by most historians.