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Louisiana: A History, 6e & Louisiana Legacies: Readings in the History of the Pelican State Set

Bennett H. Wall (Editor), John C. Rodrigue (Editor), Light Townsend Cummins (Original Author), Judith Kelleher Schafer (Original Author), Edward F. Haas (Original Author), Michael L. Kurtz (Original Author), Janet Allured, Michael S. Martin
ISBN: 978-1-118-94170-6
904 pages
March 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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Table of Contents

Louisiana: A History, 6th Edition

Map 1 Louisiana viii

Map 2 The United States, with Louisiana highlighted ix

Introduction
by John C. Rodrigue 1

PART ONE 7
by Light Townsend Cummins

1 Native Peoples and European Contact 9

2 The Founding of French Louisiana 32

3 Louisiana as a French Colony 52

4 Spanish Louisiana 68

5 The Final Years of Colonial Louisiana 85

Suggested Readings 101

PART TWO 105
by Judith Kelleher Schafer

6 The Territorial Period 107

7 The Political Development of Antebellum Louisiana 127

8 Life and Labor in Antebellum Louisiana 156

9 Civil War and Reconstruction in Louisiana 197

Suggested Readings 227

PART THREE 233
by Edward F. Haas

10 Uneasy Interlude, 1877 - 1892 235

11 Bourbonism, Populism, and a Little Progressivism, 1892 - 1924 256

12 The Time of the Kingfish, 1924 - 1935 280

13 The Struggle to Catch Up, 1877 - 1935 301

Suggested Readings 322

PART FOUR 325
by Michael L. Kurtz

14 Corruption, Reform, and Reaction, 1936 - 1950 327

15 Reform and Race, 1950 - 1960 351

16 The Decline of Racism, 1960 - 1972 376

17 The Era of Edwin Edwards, 1972 - 1987 393

18 Louisiana at the End of the Century, 1987 - 2000 418

19 Louisiana in the New Millennium 454

Suggested Readings 478

Appendix I 481

European Rulers with Relation to Louisiana during the Colonial and Territorial Periods 481

Military Commandants and Governors of Louisiana 482

Appendix II 486

A Selective Chronology of Louisiana History 486

Index 493

Louisiana Legacies: Readings in the History of the Pelican State

Editors' Preface 1

PART ONE: LOUISIANA'S COLONIAL CONTEXT 3

The Frontier Exchange Economy of the Lower Mississippi Valley before 1783
by Daniel J. Usner 5

The Moral Climate of French Colonial Louisiana, 1699–1763
by Carl A. Brasseaux 25

Oliver Pollock's Plantations: An Early Anglo Landowner on the Lower Mississippi, 1769–1824
by Light T. Cummins 37

PART TWO: WOMEN, RACE, AND CLASS IN EARLY LOUISIANA 49

Desiring Total Tranquility—and Not Getting It: Conflict Involving Free Black Women in Spanish New Orleans
by Kimberly Hanger 52

A Female Planter from West Feliciana Parish: The Letters of Rachel O'Connor
by Sara Brooks Sundberg 63

The Murder of a "Lewd and Abandoned Woman": State of Louisiana v. Abraham Parker
by Judith Kelleher Schafer 78

PART THREE: TRANSFORMATION OF THE LOUISIANA "CREOLE" 93

Early New Orleans Society: A Reappraisal
by Joseph G. Tregle, Jr. 95

In My Father's House: Relationships and Identity in an Interracial New Orleans Creole Family, 1845–1875
by Justin Nystrom 108

PART FOUR: VIOLENT LOUISIANA 127

"I Would Rather Be Among the Comanches": The Military Occupation of Southwest Louisiana, 1865
by Michael G. Wade 129

From the Barrel of a Gun: The Politics of Murder in Grant Parish
by Joel M. Sipress 142

Feuding Is Our Means of Societal Regulation: Elusive Stability in Southeastern Louisiana's Piney Woods, 1877–1910
by Samuel Hyde, Jr. 154

An Inhospitable Land: Anti-Italian Sentiment and Violence in Louisiana, 1891–1924
by Alan G. Gauthreaux 164

PART FIVE: PROGRESSIVES AND RACE 177

When Plessy Met Ferguson
by Keith Weldon Medley 180

The Rest of the Story: Kate Gordon and the Opposition to the Nineteenth Amendment in the South
by Elna C. Green 188

In Pursuit of Louisiana Progressives
by Samuel C. Shepherd 197

PART SIX: MODERN LOUISIANA POLITICS 209

"What he did and what he promised to do . . .": Huey Long and the Horizons of Louisiana Politics
by Jerry P. Sanson 212

Huey Long: A Political Contradiction
by Glen Jeansonne 220

"When I Took the Oath of Office, I Took No Vow of Poverty": Race, Corruption, and Democracy in Louisiana, 1928–2000
by Anthony J. Badger 232

The Politics of Poverty and History: Racial Inequality and the Long Prelude to Katrina
by Kent B. Germany 248

PART SEVEN: TRANSITIONS IN RACE RELATIONS 257

Racial Repression in World War Two: The New Iberia Incident
by Adam Fairclough 259

Transitional Generations: African American Workers, Industrialization, and Education in the Northern Louisiana Lumber and Paper Industries, 1930–1950
by Lesley-Anne Reed 270

PART EIGHT: CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT IN MODERN LOUISIANA 289

Making the "Birthplace of Jazz": Tourism and Musical Heritage Marketing in New Orleans
by J. Mark Souther 291

Commercialization of Cajun Cuisine
by Marcelle Bienvenu, Carl A. Brasseaux, and Ryan A. Brasseaux 314

Who Destroyed the Marsh?: Oil Field Canals, Coastal Ecology, and the Debate over Louisiana’s Shrinking Wetlands
by Tyler Priest and Jason P. Theriot 331

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Author Information

Louisiana: A History, 6th Edition
Editors:


Bennett H. Wall (deceased) was Professor of History at the University of Georgia, and instrumental in the founding and operation of the Louisiana Historical Association and the Southern Historical Association. He was a renowned scholar in southern and U.S. business history.

John C. Rodrigue is Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Professor of History at Stonehill College, in Easton, Massachusetts. He previously taught Louisiana History and other courses at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He is the author of several books and scholarly articles on nineteenth-century U.S. and Southern history.

Authors:

Light Townsend Cummins is the Bryan Professor of History at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and a leading expert on the history of the Spanish Borderlands. In 2009 he was appointed as the official State Historian of Texas.

Judith Kelleher Schafer teaches American legal history at Tulane University and has published two prizewinning books: Slavery, the Civil Law, and the Supreme Court of Louisiana (1997) and Brothels, Depravity and Abandoned Women (2011), as well as Becoming Free, Remaining Free (2003).

Edward F. Haas is professor of history at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio. He was named a Fellow of the Louisiana Historical Association, which in 1999 awarded him the Garnie McGinty Lifetime Meritorious Service Award. He has published numerous works on Louisiana and New Orleans history and has twice won the L. Kemper Williams Prize for excellence in Louisiana scholarship.

Michael L. Kurtz is Professor Emeritus of American History at Southeastern Louisiana University. His publications include Earl K. Long: The Saga of Uncle Earl and Louisiana Politics (1990), Crime of the Century: The Kennedy Assassination from a Historian's Perspective (1993), Louisiana Since the Longs (1998), and The JFK Assassination Debates (2006).

Louisiana Legacies: Readings in the History of the Pelican State
Michael S. Martin
is Associate Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and director of its Center for Louisiana Studies. He also manages the university's publishing concern and its Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism. Dr. Martin is also the managing editor of the Louisiana Historical Association’s quarterly journal, Louisiana History. His publications include Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas: A Centennial History, 1902-2002 (2002), and Historic Lafayette (2007).

Janet Allured is Professor of History at McNeese State University and coordinator of its Women's Studies program. The co-editor of Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times (2009), she also shared the authorship of Images of America: Lake Charles (2012). She is currently working on a history of the modern feminist movement in Louisiana.

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