The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans

The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans

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by Lawrence N. Powell
     
 

America’s most beguiling metropolis started out as a snake-infested, hurricane-battered swamp. Through intense imperial rivalries and ambitious settlers who risked their lives to succeed in colonial America, the site became a crossroads for the Atlantic world. Powell gives us the full sweep of the city’s history from its founding through statehood.See more details below

Overview

America’s most beguiling metropolis started out as a snake-infested, hurricane-battered swamp. Through intense imperial rivalries and ambitious settlers who risked their lives to succeed in colonial America, the site became a crossroads for the Atlantic world. Powell gives us the full sweep of the city’s history from its founding through statehood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674059870
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/30/2012
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

1 An Impossible River 1

2 A Landjobbing Scheme 33

3 Utopian by Design 60

4 Improvising a City 92

5 Changing of the Guard 129

6 In Contraband We Trust 164

7 A Creole City 197

8 Slavery and the Struggle for Mastery 222

9 The Slaves Remake Themselves 249

10 A New People, a New Racial Order 277

11 The American Gateway 314

Epilogue 352

Notes 361

Acknowledgments 401

Index 405

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