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An American Childhood Chapter Summary & Analysis - Prologue Summary

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Prologue Summary and Analysis

The last thing the author will forget is the layout of the lands in which she lived. Pittsburgh sprung up as a settlement in the early 18th century covered from border to border in rugged trees and vegetation. It was founded at the meeting of two rivers, at a spot first scouted out by George Washington.

As early as she can remember, Anne's father dreamed of the Mississippi and New Orleans. He read books about the lives of men who traveled up and down the River and dreamed of leaving Pittsburgh for New Orleans, the home of the kind of original, gritty jazz that he loved so much. He finally decided that he would quit his comfortable job as an executive in his family's business and take the river voyage he had dreamed of to New Orleans. It would be a long voyage—several...

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