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Publisher's Summary

Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, territorial Mississippi has a complex history rife with fierce contention. Since 1540, when Hernando de Soto of Spain journeyed across the Atlantic and became the first European to stumble across its borders, the territory has been the center of passionate international disagreements. After numerous boundary shifts, Mississippi was finally admitted as the twentieth state of the Union on December 10, 1817.

In The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier, 1795 - 1817, Robert V. Haynes does more than recount history; he explores the political and diplomatic situations that led to the formation and expansion of the Mississippi Territory. Extensively researched and exceptionally written, Haynes details critical events in Mississippi's rich history, such as ongoing border violence, the arrest of infamous traitor Aaron Burr, and the bloody Creek War.

The book is published by University Press of Kentucky.

©2010 The University Press of Kentucky (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"An essential book on the complex and colorful period between the organization of the Mississippi Territory in 1795 and its division into the state of Mississippi and the Alabama Territory in 1817." ( Alabama Review)
"Haynes has written a rich book, which will be of much value to historians of the region and to historians of American expansion more broadly." (Register of the Kentucky Historical Society)
"A crowning achievement for a scholar who has devoted decades to studying the region." ( Southern Historian)

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A must for History buffs

Unlike some historical works this book was written with a somewhat narrative style. For those that are history buffs this is must listen to because of the incredible detail and effort the author put into researching and sharing a very tumultuous episode in American history. It is often easy to just think that after the revolutionary war things were calm in North America. However, on the frontier there were many growing pains as countries and strong personalities fought to determine what kind of Country America would become in the wilds of the west. The narrator enunciates even the $5 dollar college words with ease and care. W.B. Ward also uses voice inflection to create even more of a feeling that you're listening to a story being told by the fire from someone who was there to see it all. Even a causal fan of history would thoroughly enjoy this book!!

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Concise Information

What did you love best about The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier, 1795-1817?

The text is written in such a way as to tell a story more than dry history facts.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It was good to hear details about pioneers of America.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were no real "scenes" as this is a textbook. All information was interesting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As a Christian, I was intrigued by the arrest of the Baptist preacher.

Any additional comments?

I wish I could purchase the printed copy of this text so I could see maps and tables. Thank you for an interesting narrative of America's early history.

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A Well Writen and Well Read History

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. There are many people who enjoy a factual history.

What did you like best about this story?

I learned many things I didn't know about the territory. For instance, I had no idea about all the warfare between the English and the Spanish, the backstabbing, trickery, or that the forming of Mississippi spanned such a distance.

What about W. B. Ward’s performance did you like?

W.B. Ward's inflections and telling of the story made it easy to understand.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

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Trials and tribulations of adding southern states.

I enjoy American history. The story of the people that came before us, and what they endured and accomplished to make us this great nation.The author has done extensive research that I found enlightening and informative. W.B. Ward's excellent narration kept it interesting with all the drama and background intrique, especially the duels!