Beautiful Crescent: A History of New Orleans

Beautiful Crescent: A History of New Orleans


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A brief history for New Orleans' greatest admirers. This concise history of the Crescent City contains chapters covering the Mississippi River, the city's founding, European rule, and more, updated with expanded jazz and African American sections. It is a must for every library and home, and for those who love New Orleans and its rich history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455617425
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/05/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 174,484
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

JOAN B. GARVEY, a former teacher and tour guide, is a native New Orleanian.

Editors KATHY SPIESS and KAREN WILDENFELS are the owners of the Tale of Two Sisters bookstore in Covington, Louisiana.

Editors KATHY SPIESS and KAREN WILDENFELS are the owners of the Tale of Two Sisters bookstore in Covington, Louisiana.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Preface 11

Beautiful Crescent

Chapter I The Part the River Played 13

Chapter II Discovery and Exploration 23

Chapter III The French Period 29

Chapter IV The Spanish Period 53

Chapter V On Becoming American: 1803-15 73

Chapter VI Progress in a Period of Peace: 1820-60 93

Chapter VII Customs, Carnival, and Cemeteries 139

Chapter VIII New Orleans, an Occupied City: 1862-76 187

Chapter IX Rebirth and Resurgence: 1865-1930 203

Chapter X Growth in a Modern City: After 1930 231

Chapter XI New Orleans in the New Millennium 251

Chapter XII Disasters: Natural and Manmade 277

Reference Sections

Mayors of New Orleans 293

Governors of Louisiana 295

Statues and Monuments 298

Noted Personalities 300

Chronology 309

Glossary 318

Bibliography 321

About the Authors 326

Index 327

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Beautiful Crescent: A History of New Orleans 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Rome4Romans More than 1 year ago
There are millions of people who do not mind poorly written books or the lack of eloquence, but these people do not read much, nor do they frequent book stores. Harvey's A Beautiful Crescent is cute for a few pages until it reveals itself as an over-ambitious project undertaken by a rank amateur. The writing betrays the author's discomfort with and ignorance of the principles of the English language. No serious regard for historiography is employed in the book, and arguments are not presented in a logical, linear fashion. The author addresses topics of her own interest, then abandons them. Several pertinent facts and aspects of the history of France, and Europe, in the 18th century are either completely neglected or presented in such a way as to be dangerously close to the "revisionist" label. If you read history often or have studied it seriously at university, then steer clear of this book. It's a joke.
ChuckR More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book, everything considered! Now for a little bit more detail. . . This seems to be a more professionally typeset version then the last version of this book. I applaud the new owners/editors/"updaters" for their stated desire to keep this book current and continue to improve it in the future. However, there are a couple of glaring errors that I've come across and I've only skimmed the new version. The 13th edition from the previous publisher - the edition immediately prior to this one - was very poorly updated. It had been advertised as a "post-Katrina" version. Yet the only new text other then a couple of paragraphs listing an additional mayor or two, was a hastily added appendix about hurricane history whose typeset didn't even match the rest of the text. It didn't even have direct comment from the author and had obviously just been thrown onto the end of the book in order to be able to sell a "post-Katrina" version. To the new editors/owners/"updaters" credit they have fixed that and commented on the subject on their own. They've also added some new information in the last couple of chapters of the book covering the last several years. However, they have made some glaring mistakes in their appendices. Most notably, in the last edition's appendix of Louisiana Governors, Louisiana's most famous and notable governor, the Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 was correctly named as Huey P. Long. The updaters/editors have changed that information and would have us believe his name was HENRY P. Long!!! There are other errors in that same appendix as well as in at least one other appendix. Sections that should be very helpful now contradict the otherwise correct text within the book's chapters, and introduced errors that didn't exist in the last edition! There are about a dozen things in the chapters of the book that I was looking forward to and hoping would be fixed by this edition. I'll be checking on those in the next couple of days and keep my fingers crossed. Many of those issues were not glaring errors. They had to do with poor choices made by the original authors. For instance, at one point the author talks about a national historic landmark and instead of listing it's address - references the name of a private business that went out of business years ago. Also, Chapter Seven has never had any business being stuck in the middle of the book - along with the photosection that immediately follows it - that chapter and section should be moved to be the last part of the text; immediately preceeding the Appendices after the current last chapter of the book. Having said all this, there is still a ton of incredible information in this book. The two authors' genuine love for the city is evident throughout the work. The original authors' personnae come across in a pleasurable, enjoyable manner. The book should have been edited better at a basic level 30 years ago, but there is still the bones of a great book here. Most of what is wrong with it can be fixed rather easily by a professional historical editor and are not major issues. You can learn a ton of information about New Orleans here in a very relatively small number of pages. It's a gem of a book that just needs a bit more polishing. I applaud the new owners for buying the rights and hope they'll stay committed to making it even better in the future.
ydraughon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A clear reference book for students, teachers, toursts and native New Orleanians. Beautiful Crescent is a chronologcal history of New Orleans that gives just enough factual political and people history. It has a great list of governors, mayors, and noted personalities. The book includes some black and white photos, sketches, maps, and illustrations. It also has a table of context which begins with how the river played a part in the development of New Orleans then chronological order of periods to today. There is a bibliography, glossary, chronology, lists of noted personalities, governors mayors, directions in New Orleans, Statues and monuments and an index. Ienjoyed learning about how many things came about in New Orleans such as street names. I feel that this book is a must have book for middle and high school teachers. I used it t find information about yellow fever for my book page.