Beautiful Crescent: A History of New Orleans

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Praise for Beautiful Crescent: A History of New Orleans

"I heartily recommend Beautiful Crescent. It is clear, concise, and authentic, but not overpowering. A perfect reference book for students, teachers, tourists and native New Orleanians-a must for every library and home."
-Coralie G. Davis, library associate, UNO Library

"The list of governors, mayors, noted personalities, and the chronology make Beautiful Crescent an indispensible tool for...

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Praise for Beautiful Crescent: A History of New Orleans

"I heartily recommend Beautiful Crescent. It is clear, concise, and authentic, but not overpowering. A perfect reference book for students, teachers, tourists and native New Orleanians-a must for every library and home."
-Coralie G. Davis, library associate, UNO Library

"The list of governors, mayors, noted personalities, and the chronology make Beautiful Crescent an indispensible tool for tour guides-and indeed fun for everyone who loves New Orleans."
-Jane Molony, training committee, Friends of the Cabildo

"Beautiful Crescent is a must in every tour guide's library. The Tour Guide Association of Greater New Orleans endorses and applauds this latest update and revision."
-Suzanne Wooderson, president, Tour Guide Association of Greater New Orleans, Inc.

This concise history of the Crescent City details the role of the Mississippi River, the city's founding, European rule, and more. Extended information on African Americans and jazz are also included, along with updates from Friends of the Cabildo.This edition expands upon the original text by well-known local authors Joan B. Garvey and Mary Lou Widmer, who also wrote Louisiana: The First 300 Years. Updates by editors Kathy Chappetta Spiess and Karen Chappetta Wildenfels enhance this classic volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455617425
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/5/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 139,100
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY LOU WIDMER, a native of New Orleans, is a certified descendant of the area's settlers prior to the Louisiana Purchase. She is a member of the Louisiana Colonials and the Daughters of 1812.

JOAN B. GARVEY, a former teacher and tour guide, is a native New Orleanian.

Editors KATHY SPIESS and KAREN WILDENFELS are the owners of the Tale of Two Sisters bookstore in Covington, Louisiana.

Karen Chappetta, a native of New Orleans, currently works as a paralegal. She and her sister, Kathy Spiess, owned Tale of Two Sisters Bookstore in Covington, Louisiana.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Preface 11

Beautiful Crescent

Chapter I The Part the River Played 15

Chapter II Discovery and Exploration 25

Chapter III The French Period 31

Chapter IV The Spanish Period 57

Chapter V On Becoming American: 1803-15 77

Chapter VI Progress in a Period of Peace: 1820-60 97

Chapter VII Customs, Carnival, and Cemeteries 143

Chapter VIII New Orleans, an Occupied City: 1862-76 181

Chapter IX Rebirth and Resurgence: 1865-1930 197

Chapter X Growth in a Modern City: After 1930 227

Chapter XI New Orleans Today 243

Reference Sections

Appendix A Directions in New Orleans 263

Appendix B A Short History of Hurricanes in New Orleans 265

Appendix C Statues and Monuments in New Orleans 267

Appendix D Noted Personalities 271

Appendix E Governors of Louisiana 283

Appendix F Mayors of New Orleans 287

Chronology 291

Glossary 297

Selected Bibliography 303

About the Authors 307

Index 309

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  • Posted November 22, 2012

    Fantastic book, everything considered! Now for a little bit mor

    Fantastic book, everything considered!

    Now for a little bit more detail. . .

    This seems to be a more professionally typeset version then the last version of this book.
    I applaud the new owners/editors/"updaters" for their stated desire to keep this book current
    and continue to improve it in the future.

    However, there are a couple of glaring errors that I've come across and I've only skimmed the new version.

    The 13th edition from the previous publisher - the edition immediately prior to this one - was very poorly
    updated. It had been advertised as a "post-Katrina" version. Yet the only new text other then a couple of
    paragraphs listing an additional mayor or two, was a hastily added appendix about hurricane history whose
    typeset didn't even match the rest of the text.

    It didn't even have direct comment from the author and had obviously just been thrown onto the end of the
    book in order to be able to sell a "post-Katrina" version.

    To the new editors/owners/"updaters" credit they have fixed that and commented on the subject on their own.

    They've also added some new information in the last couple of chapters of the book covering the last several years.

    However, they have made some glaring mistakes in their appendices.

    Most notably, in the last edition's appendix of Louisiana Governors, Louisiana's most famous and notable
    governor, the Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 was correctly named as Huey P. Long.

    The updaters/editors have changed that information and would have us believe his name was HENRY P. Long!!!

    There are other errors in that same appendix as well as in at least one other appendix. Sections that should
    be very helpful now contradict the otherwise correct text within the book's chapters, and introduced errors
    that didn't exist in the last edition!

    There are about a dozen things in the chapters of the book that I was looking forward to and hoping would be fixed by
    this edition. I'll be checking on those in the next couple of days and keep my fingers crossed.

    Many of those issues were not glaring errors. They had to do with poor choices made by the original authors.

    For instance, at one point the author talks about a national historic landmark and instead of listing it's
    address - references the name of a private business that went out of business years ago.

    Also, Chapter Seven has never had any business being stuck in the middle of the book - along with the photosection that
    immediately follows it - that chapter and section should be moved to be the last part of the text; immediately preceeding
    the Appendices after the current last chapter of the book.

    Having said all this, there is still a ton of incredible information in this book.

    The two authors' genuine love for the city is evident throughout the work.

    The original authors' personnae come across in a pleasurable, enjoyable manner. The book should have been edited
    better at a basic level 30 years ago, but there is still the bones of a great book here.

    Most of what is wrong with it can be fixed rather easily by a professional historical editor and are not major issues.

    You can learn a ton of information about New Orleans here in a very relatively small number of pages.

    It's a gem of a book that just needs a bit more polishing.

    I applaud the new owners for buying the rights and hope they'll stay committed to making it even better in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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