Landing on the Mississippi (Location Key)


On Doom's steamboat trips from New Orleans back to northern Mississippi, he is 'landed' at a point on "the Big River" a three days' journey away from his tribe's plantation in Yoknapatawpha ("A Justice," 347). The "Big River" is the Mississippi. Steamboats regularly stopped at places between ports for freight or passengers or fuel to drive their paddlewheels - this last is why "Red Leaves" calls the place Doom disembarks a "wood landing on the north Mississippi side" (318). (Characters in Absalom, Absalom! still use the river to travel between New Orleans and Yoknapatawpha both before and after the Civil War; in that text, however, there is no mention of the place where they get on or off the steamboats.)

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