Louisiana, Yesterday and Today: A Historical Guide to the State

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In Louisiana, Yesterday and Today, three veteran newspapermen examine the history and character of one of America's most remarkable states. This comprehensive, entertaining work will inform natives of their rich heritage and familiarize others with the many sources of Louisiana's special charm.

In concise, thematic chapters, the authors discuss practically every aspect of Louisiana's history. They explore in depth many specific events and eras, including the Louisiana Purchase, ...

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Overview

In Louisiana, Yesterday and Today, three veteran newspapermen examine the history and character of one of America's most remarkable states. This comprehensive, entertaining work will inform natives of their rich heritage and familiarize others with the many sources of Louisiana's special charm.

In concise, thematic chapters, the authors discuss practically every aspect of Louisiana's history. They explore in depth many specific events and eras, including the Louisiana Purchase, the Battle of New Orleans, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the rise of Huey P. Long. Illuminating Louisiana's wonderfully polyglot character, they trace the cultural milieu from earliest Indian days through the French and Spanish regimes into statehood. They tell of the pirate Jean Lafitte and the voodoo queen Marie Laveau, of the state's unique Cajun and Creole heritages, of the legendary red-light district of Storyville, and of the excitement and debauchery of Mardi Gras.

As a bonus, the book provides an incisive look at the state's 64 parishes as it portrays Louisiana's history, population, economy, culture, and outstanding tourist attractions, evincing the diversity — most notably between north and south — that characterizes the state. An excellent guide for visitors who wish to learn about Louisiana's past as well as its present attractions, Louisiana, Yesterday and Today will also beckon natives to rediscover their heritage and the cultural wonderland that exists in their own backyard.

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A richly detailed guided tour of Louisiana's history evoking the special romantic place that the state seems to occupy in the American imagination. Written by three Louisiana journalists who leave no stone unturned as they investigate the stories behind Louisiana's natives, the Louisiana Purchase, the Battle of New Orleans, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the rise of Huey P. Long--not to mention pirate Jean Lafitte and voodoo queen Marie Laveau. The legendary Cajun and Creole heritage of the 64 parishes is vividly portrayed as well as more common topics of population, economy, culture, and noteworthy tourist attractions. Includes photographs. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807118931
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 948,042
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Wilds, former city editor of the New Orleans States-Item, has published several books, including Afternoon Story: A Century of the States-Item and Alton Ochsner: Surgeon of the South.

Charles L. Dufour, former columnist for the New Orleans States-Item and the New Orleans Times-Picayune, is the author of many other books, including The Night the War Was Lost; Gentle Tiger: The Gallant Life of Roberdeau Wheat; and Nine Men in Gray.

Before his retirement, Walter G. Cowan spent more than forty years as a reporter, city editor, managing editor, and editor of New Orleans newspapers.

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