Mississippi Valley History

Over the course of the 19th century, the Mississippi River became American. People believed the river belonged to the United States and, more importantly, that the river exemplified the American people. It was a dramatic, speedy process marked by changes in all areas of life. The most obvious example came in the form of geographic expansion, as the United States enveloped the land on both sides of the river. But this diplomatic achievement went hand-in-hand with a host of broader changes that showed just how much seemingly disconnected issues like politics, daily life, or economics were all interconnected.