Sunday, September 23, 2007

07/08 Academic Decathlon Art Selection #13


George Caleb Bingham painted "Mississippi Boatman" in 1850. The Mississippi River was a major waterway (and still is!) for the country to move goods to different states. My husband tells a story about being a deck hand on a Mississippi tow boat during a summer while he attended college. It sounds like it might be an easy job, floating up and down the river, but many hazards lay in waiting. What sorts of stories does it look like this boatman has?

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