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A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans / Edition 1

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Overview


"New Orleans' Mississippi levee, as Kelman explains in this fascinating study, is more than a pile of dirt. It is the key to unraveling the historical dialectic between a great river and an essentially amphibious city. It is also the monumental space of New Orleans' past, where dark plots and heroic dreams remain forever entangled."—Mike Davis, author of Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster

"Kelman has written a pioneering environmental history of the evolving relationship between one of the nation's oldest and most exceptional cities, New Orleans, and our greatest river, the Mississippi. For New Orleans, the river offered challenges and opportunities alike, providing the lifeblood of the city's commerce and a signature symbol of its identity even as it also brought floods, disease, and death. It is a fascinating story."—William Cronon, author of Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

"Kelman makes elegant sense of a story as tangled as the Louisiana bayous and tells his tale with a verve to rival that of New Orleans itself. A strong addition to American environmental history."—John R. McNeill, author of Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World

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In a post-Katrina article, the author of this book called attention to New Orleans' blessing and curse: This Mississippi River port has a near-perfect location but almost unimaginably bad real estate. A River and Its City, Kelman's classic 2003 study, stands as an extended response to everybody's post-hurricane question: Why did they build a city there? With compelling clarity and convincing erudition, Kelman documents the development of America's most improbable metropolis, explaining how nature has affected the city's history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520234338
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 822,292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Ari Kelman is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Nature’s Highway to Market

1. A Batture Laid Out for the Particular Use of the Public
2. Human Genius, Organed with Machinery
3. The Necropolis of the South
4. Triumphs in the Cause of Advancement and Progress
5. An Act of God

Epilogue: The Simple Needs of Automobiles
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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