WILLIAM FAULKNER was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner is primarily known for his novels and short stories set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, based on Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he spent most of his life. He wrote often about the Mississippi River and the people of the Deep South who were affected by her moods and yet depended on her for life. During one particularly bad flooding, he compared her to a mule when he said, “A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.”
There is no doubt that the Mississippi played a grand part in the development of the United States, but do we study it as part of our history? Do English teachers assign readings that help students to understand what part the Mississippi has in classical literature? Do math students know how to measure in marks?
MINNESOTA’S ITASCA STATE PARK boasts the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River. Here you can walk across the river as it starts its winding journey 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Lake Itasca drains into the Mississippi from the numerous feeder lakes in the area.
The headwaters are calm enough for you to walk across on stones or dry ground most of the summer.
Mississippi River Bridge at Natchez
Dusk on the Mississippi…Huey P. Long Bridge was completed in 1935, becoming the first Mississippi River span in Louisiana and unleashing a welcome burst of civic pride during the depths of the Great Depression.
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The idea for this topic comes from http://acrossthebored.com/the-big-5-challenge/.