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Cairo , at the southern-most point of Illinois, was one of the key strategic locations for the first two years of the Civil War.
A muddy and rough riverport, Cairo lay at the junction of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, and potentially held the key to entering the Western Confederacy by water… up (or down) the Ohio and then into Kentucky and Tennessee by way of the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. 485 more words
from the PBS film The American Experience, Stephen Foster
here are some excerpts:
Narrator: Away from the parlor, Stephen began experimenting with a different kind of music. 453 more words