The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld

The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld

by Herbert Asbury
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The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld by Herbert Asbury

Home to the notorious "Blue Book," which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city, New Orleans's infamous red-light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous in the world. But the New Orleans underworld consisted of much more than the local bordellos. It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sported one of the most violent records of street crime in the country. In The French Quarter, Herbert Asbury, author of The Gangs of New York, chronicles this rather immense underbelly of "The Big Easy." From the murderous exploits of Mary Jane "Bricktop" Jackson and Bridget Fury, two prostitutes who became famous after murdering a number of their associates, to the faux-revolutionary "filibusters" who, backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars of public support—though without official governmental approval—undertook military missions to take over the bordering Spanish regions in Texas, the French Quarter had it all. Once again, Asbury takes the reader on an intriguing, photograph-filled journey through a unique version of the American underworld.

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ISBN-13: 9781560254942
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/15/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 502,863
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.50(d)

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French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should be a MUST read for anybody from New Orleans. I found it very fascinating and entertaining. It explains why New Orleans is like the way it is, as history has a tendency to repeat itself. The author researches back to the founding and building of New Orleans and takes you up to the early 1900s. Over the last several hundred years, not much has changed, legalized gambling has returned, vice is still up as well as corruption. But now at least I know why things are the way they are and proud to be from the "City that Care Forgot"