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
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556529580
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
375,468
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
THE SWAMP 1 Rock the City....................3
2 The Gift of the River....................8
COLONIZATION 3 Piety....................19
4 Louis, Louis....................28
5 Mardi Gras....................36
6 The Duke of Arkansas....................45
7 The Senegambian Period....................56
8 An Ear for Musick....................64
9 The Cabildo....................81
10 The Kongo Period....................106
11 The Eighteenth-Century Tango....................116
REVOLUTION 12 Desire....................133
13 The Sincerest Attachment....................148
14 Dance, Boatman, Dance....................161
15 Not Only as a Dance....................177
16 Bonaparte's Retreat....................191
PURCHASE 17 An Addition to Capital....................209
18 The Slave-Breeding Industry....................220
19 The French Quarter....................240
20 Bargainland....................263
21 A Most Extraordinary Noise....................271
CODA 22 We Won't Bow Down....................293
Acknowledgments....................314
Notes....................319
Bibliography....................327
Index....................343

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