The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square

The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square

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by Ned Sublette
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1556529589

ISBN-13: 9781556529580

Pub. Date: 09/01/2009

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated

Named one of the Top 10 Books of 2008 by The Times-Picayune.
 
Winner of the 2009 Humanities Book of the Year award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
 

Awarded the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for 2008.

 

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Named one of the Top 10 Books of 2008 by The Times-Picayune.
 
Winner of the 2009 Humanities Book of the Year award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
 

Awarded the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for 2008.

 

New Orleans is the most elusive of American cities. The product of the centuries-long struggle among three mighty empires--France, Spain, and England--and among their respective American colonies and enslaved African peoples, it has always seemed like a foreign port to most Americans, baffled as they are by its complex cultural inheritance.

The World That Made New Orleans offers a new perspective on this insufficiently understood city by telling the remarkable story of New Orleans’s first century--a tale of imperial war, religious conflict, the search for treasure, the spread of slavery, the Cuban connection, the cruel aristocracy of sugar, and the very different revolutions that created the United States and Haiti. It demonstrates that New Orleans already had its own distinct personality at the time of Louisiana’s statehood in 1812. By then, important roots of American music were firmly planted in its urban swamp--especially in the dances at Congo Square, where enslaved Africans and African Americans appeared en masse on Sundays to, as an 1819 visitor to the city put it, “rock the city.” 

This book is a logical continuation of Ned Sublette’s previous volume, Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo, which was highly praised for its synthesis of musical, cultural, and political history. Just as that book has become a standard resource on Cuba, so too will The World That Made New Orleans long remain essential for understanding the beautiful and tragic story of this most American of cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556529580
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
525,600
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

THE SWAMP,
1 Rock the City,
2 The Gift of the River,
COLONIZATION,
3 Piety,
4 Louis, Louis,
5 Mardi Gras,
6 The Duke of Arkansas,
7 The Senegambian Period,
8 An Ear for Musick,
9 The Cabildo,
10 Them Kongo Period,
11 The Eighteenth-Century Tango,
REVOLUTION,
12 Desire,
13 The Sincerest Attachment,
14 Dance, Boatman, Dance,
15 Not Only as a Dance,
16 Bonaparte's Retreat,
PURCHASE,
17 An Addition to Capital,
18 The Slave-Breeding Industry,
19 The French Quarter,
20 Bargainland,
21 A Most Extraordinary Noise,
CODA,
22 We Won't Bow Down,
Acknowledgments,
Notes,
Bibliography,
Index,

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The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Well detailed in describing all the events of the time period and how they intertwined with each other to affect the circumstances that created and preserved the people and culture of New Orleans. I used to live in the "Big Easy" and this book created a path to a deeper understanding of what was and what, I believe, now belongs to the ages. My fascination with the history of the city never gets old. And a thanks to a book like this one. I recommend it to anyone with a spirit for romance and a "shout out" to the author.
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