A Fierce and Fractious Frontier: The Curious Development of Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1699-2000

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Tales of Cajuns, Creoles, and New Orleans decadence dominate both popular and professional impressions of Louisiana and have undoubtedly distracted attention from the region that arguably experienced the most dramatic pattern of development in Louisiana, if not the entire Gulf South. Louisiana's Florida Parishes, located in the southeastern part of the state, have endured a tumultuous evolution, including domination by every major power that invaded North America, exclusion from the Louisiana Purchase, ...

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Overview

Tales of Cajuns, Creoles, and New Orleans decadence dominate both popular and professional impressions of Louisiana and have undoubtedly distracted attention from the region that arguably experienced the most dramatic pattern of development in Louisiana, if not the entire Gulf South. Louisiana's Florida Parishes, located in the southeastern part of the state, have endured a tumultuous evolution, including domination by every major power that invaded North America, exclusion from the Louisiana Purchase, insurrection and the establishment of the original Lone Star Republic, and some of the highest rates of rural homicide recorded in American history. The area was long neglected by scholars until some of its foremost experts came together to explore and recognize its singular identity. This volume is a result of that collaboration and consists of ten essays on the history and culture of this unique territory.

In tracing the progress of Louisiana's Florida Parishes, the book begins with an eye-opening ethnographic history of the territory during its days as a French colony, the brief era of British rule, and slavery as it was practiced under the Spanish regime. A revealing look at the region during the War of 1812 provides a dynamic account of the only major naval battle in the South during that conflict. Subsequent essays give lucid and insightful examination to the area's guerrilla tactics during the Civil War, credit crisis of the postbellum era, and ecological transformation through pine forest harvesting. The final third of the book considers the demographic changes wrought by black labor employed in the lumber mills of the early twentieth century, the challenges confronting a rural, depression-era black community, and recent environmental changes in the parishes that impact ongoing economic development.

A Fierce and Fractious Frontier employs a comprehensive approach supported by provocative groundbreaking research to explain the difficulties of the past and suggest considerations for the future of Louisiana's Florida Parishes. It will stand as a model for the emerging field of southern subregional studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807129234
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,062,693
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel C. Hyde Jr. is the Leon Ford Endowed Chair in Regional Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and the author of Pistols and Politics: The Dilemma of Democracy in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1810--1899.

LSU Press

Samuel C. Hyde Jr. is the Leon Ford Endowed Chair in Regional Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and the author of Pistols and Politics: The Dilemma of Democracy in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1810--1899.

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Table of Contents

Louisiana's Florida parishes : a sense of place and history
Introduction : discovering a neglected southern subregion 1
I A convoluted colonial identity
1 A geography of power : French and Indian alliances on the Southeast Louisiana frontier 15
2 Boom in the bayous : land speculation and town planning in the Florida parishes under British rule 44
3 Slavery in Louisiana's Florida parishes under the Spanish regime, 1779-1803 60
II Confronting the challenge of America
4 Giving Jackson victory : Thomas ap Catesby Jones, the Battle of Lake Borgne, and British frustration along the Gulf 91
5 A threshold of unobtainable commitment : irregular operations in Louisiana's Florida parishes, 1862-1865 109
6 The ongoing agricultural credit crisis in the Florida parishes of Louisiana, 1865-1890 125
7 The legendary longleaf pine forests of the Florida parishes : historic character and change at the hand of man 140
III Challenges less spoken
8 African American lumber workers in the Florida parishes lumber industry, 1900-1925 161
9 Washington Parish and its black community : Horace Mann Bond's study of 1934-1935 173
10 Environment, economy, and quality of life in Louisiana's Florida parishes 191
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