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Along the River Road: Past and Present on Louisiana's Historic Byway

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Few thoroughfares - indeed, few places - in America are as rich in history as Louisiana's River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Yet for many travelers, traces of that rich past, veiled by time and change, are frustratingly difficult to discern. No more: in Along the River Road, Mary Ann Sternberg has written the definitive guide to this fabled route, revealing the history that lies hidden all up and down it. The River Road - actually two roads, one on each side of the Mississippi River - dates to the ...
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Overview

Few thoroughfares - indeed, few places - in America are as rich in history as Louisiana's River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Yet for many travelers, traces of that rich past, veiled by time and change, are frustratingly difficult to discern. No more: in Along the River Road, Mary Ann Sternberg has written the definitive guide to this fabled route, revealing the history that lies hidden all up and down it. The River Road - actually two roads, one on each side of the Mississippi River - dates to the early decades of French colonization. Among the first Europeans to settle the area were hopeful Germans lured in the 1720s by the sheen of John Law's "Mississippi Bubble." Later, the Acadians found a home here after their long diaspora. In the antebellum era, great plantations lined the riverbanks and sugar barons vied in building opulent mansions. Battles were fought here - French against Indian, Spaniard against Briton, American in blue against American in gray. Here too, in 1811, erupted the largest slave uprising in North American history. Catastrophes of other kinds were all too frequent: floods, hurricanes, epidemics of yellow fever and cholera, navigational disasters on the river. In more recent times, a line of giant petro-chemical and other industrial plants has produced the greatest change since settlement, refiguring the landscape and many of the old ways of life.
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The River Road, about 100 miles of rural routes on the east and west sides of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, is rich in history, culture, and legends of the people who lived near it. Sternberg, a writer and public relations consultant living in Baton Rouge, presents a broad overview of the settlements and culture that evolved along the River Road since the early days of French and Spanish colonies. Half history, half guidebook, her work is a delightful excursion into the past. It alternates chapters overviewing the history of the area and peoples, agriculture and industry, architectural styles and wildlife with brief descriptions of notable areas of interest. The work features several side trips. This portable reference would make any meander along the River Road more enjoyable and meaningful. Recommended for public libraries. (Index and map not seen.)Janine Reid, Jefferson Cty. P.L., Lakewood, Coll.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807150627
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 457,380
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Mary Ann Sternberg is a writer and public relations consultant with a deep love of south Louisiana's history and culture and an abiding delight in exploring the world. She lives in Baton Rouge.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Great research and detailed insight into the history of a specific area along the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana

    My wife and I are both natives of New Orleans,La. We moved to Florida forty years ago after college. We recently went back to New Orleans and Baton Rouge to take pictures of our lives and family in Louisiana for an album we are making for our children and grandchildren. This book revealed many historical facts relating to both of our families and the impact of the French, Spanish, and German cultures on this section of the Misissippi River.

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