Part One: The Mississippi River had a massive influence on Tennessee history and culture even before statehood. In this power point presentation, “History” Bill goes over the basic geography of the river and talks about its influence on the economics of Middle Tennessee, the events of the New Madrid Earthquake, its significance in the spread of slavery and its role in the rise of Memphis.
Part Two: The deadliest shipwreck in American history occurred on the Mississippi River, a few miles north of Memphis, on April 27, 1865. The Sultana explosion killed an estimated 1,800 men. What caused this senseless tragedy? And why has it been overlooked in American history. Jerry Potter, author of The Sultana Tragedy: America’s Greatest Military Disaster, is our guest presenter.