Lords of Misrule: Mardi Gras and the Politics of Race in New Orleans

Lords of Misrule: Mardi Gras and the Politics of Race in New Orleans

by James Gill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0878059164

ISBN-13: 9780878059164

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Mardi Gras remains one of the most distinctive features of New Orleans. Although the city has celebrated Carnival since its days as a French and Spanish colonial outpost, the rituals familiar today were largely established in the Civil War era by a white male elite. In fact, the men behind the masks on the parade floats and at the Mardi Gras balls have kept the

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Mardi Gras remains one of the most distinctive features of New Orleans. Although the city has celebrated Carnival since its days as a French and Spanish colonial outpost, the rituals familiar today were largely established in the Civil War era by a white male elite. In fact, the men behind the masks on the parade floats and at the Mardi Gras balls have kept the spirit of the Confederacy alive. They have put artistry and erudition into their Carnival displays while harboring a virulent racism that has led to violence and massacre. Because the Mardi Gras organizations have remained secret societies, their role in the white supremacist cause has not been fully recorded, until now.

Lords of Misrule is the first book to explore the effects of Mardi Gras on the social and political development of New Orleans, the first to analyze recent attempts to end racial segregation within the organizations that stage the annual festivities.

The history of Carnival is so intertwined with the history of New Orleans that the story cannot be told without a social, economic, and political context. Lords of Misrule examines the often-bloody history of segregation and documents the role of the Carnival fraternity and the controversy aroused by attempts to desegregate Mardi Gras.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878059164
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
755,814
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1The Old South on Parade3
Ch. 2The Rise and Fall of French Carnival27
Ch. 3Comus Dons Confederate Gray59
Ch. 4The Krewes and the Klan77
Ch. 5The Battle of Liberty Place109
Ch. 6Confederate Krewemen Rise Again123
Ch. 7"Who Killa da Chief?"145
Ch. 8Honoring the White League Martyrs155
Ch. 9Comus and the Kingfish175
Ch. 10Krewes Come Marching Home Again193
Ch. 11Miserable Krewes221
Ch. 12Guess Who's Coming to Rex247
Ch. 13The Second Battle of Liberty Place259
Ch. 14The Biter Bit279
Bibliographic Notes283
Index291

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