The Devil's Backbone: The Story of the Natchez Trace

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Pelican Publishing Company, 1985 - History - 267 pages
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With a history as dark and bloody as any in our nation, the Natchez Trace has always been more than just a thoroughfare. Growing out of a need for a return route for flatboats that floated down the Mississippi, the Trace winds up from Natchez, Mississippi, through Alabama and ends in Nashville, Tennessee.

From the start, the Natchez Trace was alive with rugged pioneers, politicians, ladies of fashion, settlers, soldiers, and robbers. You'll learn about the trail and the notable figures who traversed it, such as Aaron Burr, Andrew Jackson, George Washington, Daniel Boone, and Meriwether Lewis, whose death on the Trace is still a mystery.

Leading all the way to Texas, the Natchez Trace was the road for troops going to the Battle of New Orleans, the path walked by the men who were to die at the Alamo, and an escape route for slaves.

The Devil's Backbone is chock full of the ever-changing parade of travelers along the Natchez Trace. The author tells the story of the people who built America, crossing a wilderness to create a nation.

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User Review  - dswaddell - LibraryThing

A history of the Trace from the Natchez Indians to pre-Civil war. A collection of tied together historical tales involving some of the more famous and colorful events and people who made the trail the landmark it still is today. Read full review

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User Review  - Muscogulus - LibraryThing

This is history for a popular audience, apparently aimed at tourists on what was then (in 1962) the recently opened Natchez Trace Parkway. The prose is expressive and meant to be entertaining, and for ... Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Author Jonathan Daniels was a newspaper editor in Raleigh, North Carolina, a historian, a public servant, and an expert on the Old and New South. He wrote a number of other books and contributed to such magazines as Harper's and The Saturday Evening Post.

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