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French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld

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Home to the notorious "Blue Book," which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city, New Orleans's infamous red-light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous in the world. But the New Orleans underworld consisted of much more than the local bordellos. It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sported one of the most violent records of street crime in the country. In The French Quarter, Herbert Asbury, author of The Gangs of New York,...
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Overview


Home to the notorious "Blue Book," which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city, New Orleans's infamous red-light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous in the world. But the New Orleans underworld consisted of much more than the local bordellos. It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sported one of the most violent records of street crime in the country. In The French Quarter, Herbert Asbury, author of The Gangs of New York, chronicles this rather immense underbelly of "The Big Easy." From the murderous exploits of Mary Jane "Bricktop" Jackson and Bridget Fury, two prostitutes who became famous after murdering a number of their associates, to the faux-revolutionary "filibusters" who, backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars of public support—though without official governmental approval—undertook military missions to take over the bordering Spanish regions in Texas, the French Quarter had it all. Once again, Asbury takes the reader on an intriguing, photograph-filled journey through a unique version of the American underworld.
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Though the author is long dead, there is renewed interest in Asbury's work thanks to the recent feature film version of his true crime volume The Gangs of New York, also available from this publisher. This 1936 release follows a very similar tack, here chronicling the most noted underworld figures of New Orleans's infamous French Quarter. For any true-crime collection. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560254942
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 394,516
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

I Nouvelle-Orleans 3
II In the Days of the Dons 47
III Down the River to Dixie 73
IV Le Creole S'amuse 114
V The Terror of the Gulf 154
VI Filibusters 172
VII Gamblers Afloat and Ashore 197
VIII Congo Square 237
IX Voodoo 254
X "An Epoch of Degeneration" 284
XI "Hell on Earth" 315
XII Some Loose Ladies of Basin Street 350
XIII Criminals' Paradise 395
XIV Storyville 424
Bibliography 457
Index 462
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