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From The Archives: Lincoln’s Greatest Case–Sort of

One of the recurring themes this fall as we worked our way along the Great River Road, crossing the Mississippi back and forth between Iowa and Wisconsin was, in fact, the question of crossing the river.  We think of “bridge-building” as a metaphor for bringing communities together, but the construction of real-life bridges was often…

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From the Archives: The Arabia Steamboat Museum

Yesterday I spent several hours working on a new blog post for today. Quite frankly, I got tangled in the details. By the time I got myself untangled enough to know what I needed to say, I really needed to move on. Because I have a book to finish. Instead of going dark, I offer…

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From the Archives: Lincoln’s Greatest Case–Sort Of

Brian McGinty (The Oatman Massacre) uses his skills as both attorney and historian in Lincoln’s Greatest Case: The River, The Bridge and The Making of America. In May, 1856, the steamboat Effie Afton hit a pillar of the Rock Island Bridge–the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi. Both steamboat and bridge caught fire. The Effie…

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