New Orleans A Cultural History

ISBN-10: 0195301366

ISBN-13: 9780195301366

Edition: 2005

Authors: Louise McKinney

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Founded in 1718 by two French-Canadian brothers for French King Louis XIV, New Orleans grew from its roots as a Euro-Caribbean port city at the nexus of North, Central and South America. Situated at the bottom of the Mississippi River Delta, the city became "Paris on the Mississippi," the fashionable cultural capital of the American South, home to America's first opera house and birthplace of jazz. Many think of New Orleans, with its antebellum mansions, above-ground cemeteries and ghostly moss-bearded oaks as a haunted place. It is certainly the most un-American of American cities, creating its own laid-back "Big Easy" attitude from the customs of the people who founded it: French and Spanish colonists, gens de couleur libres, Northern adventurers, riverboat men, pirates, and Cajuns. From this eclectic mix of influences has evolved a distinctive Creole culture, expressed in language, architecture and cuisine. Louise McKinney explores the soul of this deeply spiritual and hedonistic place, where every year the pre-Lenten Mardi Gras bursts forth with outrageous excess.
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List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

City Afloat
Splendid Decay
"Red Beans and Ricely Yours"
New Orleans People: Gumbo in a Melting-Pot
The First "Creoles"
Neutral Ground
Rich and Poor
A Legacy in Progress
Family Business
River and Riverfront: "Paris on the Mississippi"
River Excursion
Gallatin and People of the Port
Economic Imperative
Jazz Journey: Louis Armstrong
Rue de la Quai/Decatur Street
The Old Mint
Hooked on Caffeine
Cafe du Monde
Market Day
Levee Lore
The Riverbend
The French Quarter: "Splendid Bedlam of a City"
Colonial Crescent
Mississippi Myths
...and Sinners
Bourbon Street: Shots and Hot Spots
The Real Beat
"Sahara of the Bozart"?
Sherwood Anderson and The Double Dealer
William Faulkner, "Count No-Count"
Tennessee Williams: "The Bird" Alights
French Quarter Fetes
So Many Lives
Faubourg Treme, Faubourg Marigny and Bywater: Goin' Downtown and "Backa Town"
Shades of Difference
Treme's Territory
The Voodoo Queen
Gumbo Ya-Ya
Armstrong Park
Cities of the Dead
Street Sound
Marigny Remembered
Early Jazzers
R&B Roots
Mo' and More Music
Uptown Haunts
Lafon's Lower Garden District
Facelifts and Jacklifts
St. Mary's Market Gang and the Rest of the Gangs
Pugnacious Ignatius
Suburb Chic
Saturated with Music
End of the Line
Maple on Oak
Mid-City: The New Bohemia
Good Neighbors
Keepers of the Flame
"Fest" Fever
"Fest" Future
Gospel Testifies
Indian Red
Canal Street, Central Business District, and the Warehouse District: Booms and Busts in the "Big Uneasy"
Dreams of "SoHo South"
River Gamblers
Metro Visionaries and New Orleans Ingenuities
Arts District
Chef Super Stars
Southern Repertory and a Cat That's Black
Nouvelle New Orleans
The Lakefront: Crossing the Causeway
Milneburg Joy
Saving the Lake
Across the Causeway
Cajun Country: Lafayette and Beyond
Perrin's Petition
Cross-Country Roadtrip
"Ragin' Cajuns"
Congres Mondial Acadien
Culture of Celebration: Mardi Gras and Other Spectacles
Capitalizing on Excess
Imperative to Party
Saints Alive!
Pagan Party
Pointe du Mardi Gras
Carnival Time
Mardi Gras Mambo
Mardi Gras Mocked
Mardi Gras Rebirth
Further Reading
Index of Literary & Historical Names
Index of Places and Landmarks
Map of New Orleans District
Map of New Orleans Metro Area
Southern Louisiana
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