New Orleans 1900 to 1920

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Nationally, it was an era of explosive growth and quality-of-life improvements. Transportation became more accessible; indoor plumbing, gas, and electrical service transformed and civilized life. Pre-World War I New Orleans prospered as well, largely due to the invention of the Wood screw pump. The pump cleared water from marshy, undeveloped land, enabling New Orleans to stretch its geographic boundaries into the suburban neighborhoods of Lakeview, Mid-City, and Gentilly. Signature sounds of New Orleans filled ...

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Overview

Nationally, it was an era of explosive growth and quality-of-life improvements. Transportation became more accessible; indoor plumbing, gas, and electrical service transformed and civilized life. Pre-World War I New Orleans prospered as well, largely due to the invention of the Wood screw pump. The pump cleared water from marshy, undeveloped land, enabling New Orleans to stretch its geographic boundaries into the suburban neighborhoods of Lakeview, Mid-City, and Gentilly. Signature sounds of New Orleans filled the air, from the bustle of workmen in the riverfront cotton warehouses and grain elevators to the steam whistle of the Smoky Mary as she chugged her way across the tracks from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain. Jazz music wafted from French Quarter windows, and children's giggles emanated from lakefront and urban amusement parks. Mary Lou Widmer's family accounts of the first two decades of the twentieth century present this recent history in a way that brings back fond memories on a long walk down memory lane.

Mary Lou Widmer has authored this acclaimed series of books that looks into New Orleans' past in a way that is at once personal and historic. Previous Pelican books in the series are: New Orleans in the Twenties, New Orleans in the Thirties, New Orleans in the Forties, New Orleans in the Fifties, and New Orleans in the Sixties.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589804012
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: New Orleans History Ser.
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,412,873
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (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.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     9
Preface     11
Acknowledgments     13
The Neighborhoods     17
The Electric Era     35
Family Life     41
Politics: Mayors and Suffragettes     55
Celebrating the Centennial     63
Parks, Camps, and Amusement Centers     69
Panic in the Streets     79
The Arts     91
Storyville     97
The Sicilian Immigration     103
Fashions: Hems and Hobble Skirts     111
The War to End All Wars     117
Architecture     123
Health Care     133
Lagniappe     137
All Around the Town     139
Index     149
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2007

    Grear Author Strikes it Right again

    Mary Lou Widmer knows her stuff. All you have to do is read a page or two of any non fiction book of hers for almost any info you need. I own the 50's and 60's right now, I just need my gift card to continue to buy my favorite historians books.

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