Louisiana: A History, 5th Edition / Edition 5

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From its ancient Indian peoples to its troubled beginning as a French colony to the tragic events of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana has a history that, whatever else one might say about the state, has never been dull. This fifth edition of our classic survey history of Louisiana reflects a re-examination on the part of its esteemed team of authors of recent historical findings as well as of their own research, ensuring that Louisiana: A History will continue to present the most comprehensive and current account of the many different peoples that have and currently do make the rich, colorful land known as Louisiana their home.

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"Louisiana: A History is the textbook that students of the Pelican State have long awaited. General editor Bennett H. Wall has assembled an impressive stable of contributors. The result is a sprightly worded contemporary synthesis that draws upon the best recent works in Louisiana history. Wall and his associates have done well. ... The illustrations...are alone worth the price of the book...Students and general readers alike will profit from this valuable collaborative work. It promises to be the standard textbook in Louisiana history for many years to come." (Southern History, Fall 1985)

"For better or for worse, and there was both, Louisiana has one of the most exciting, dynamic, diverse and completely 'human' heritages of any state in the Union. The authors are to be congratulated for a very cogent, clear, and readable and much needed text in Louisiana history." (Louisiana History, 1985)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882952581
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/31/2008
  • Edition description: 5
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 513
  • Sales rank: 621,297
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by John C. Rodrigue 1

Part One 9
By Light Townsend Cummins

Chapter One. Native Peoples and European Contact 11

Chapter Two. The Founding of French Louisiana 32

Chapter Three. Louisiana as a French Colony 53

Chapter Four. Spanish Louisiana 69

Chapter Five. The Final Years of Colonial Louisiana 84

Suggested Readings 97

Part Two 101
By Judith Kelleher Schafer

Chapter Six. The Territorial Period 103

Chapter Seven. The Political Development of Antebellum Louisiana 123

Chapter Eight. Life and Labor in Antebellum Louisiana 153

Chapter Nine. Civil War and Reconstruction in Louisiana 196

Suggested Readings 224

Part Three 229
By Edward F. Haas

Chapter Ten. Uneasy Interlude,1877-1892 231

Chapter Eleven. Bourbonism, Populism, and a Little Progressivism 1892-1924

Chapter Twelve. The Time of the Kingfish, 1924-1935 278

Chapter Thirteen. The Struggle to Catch Up 1877-1935

Suggested Readings 318

Part Four 321
By Michael L. Kurtz

Chapter Fourteen. Corruption, Reform, and Reaction, 1936-1950 323

Chapter Fifteen. Reform and Race, 1950-1960 348

Chapter Sixteen. The Decline of Racism, 1960-1972 373

Chapter Seventeen. The Era of Edwin Edwards 1972-1987 390

Chapter Eighteen. Contemporary Louisiana 1987-2007 414

Suggested Readings 472

Appendix I. 475

Appendix II. 478

Appendix III. 484

Index. 485

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