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Last Days of Last Island
The Hurricane of 1856, Louisiana's First Great Storm

Bill Dixon
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BOOK SUMMARY
History of the Great Hurricane of 1856, which destroyed the coastal Louisiana community of Isle Derniere or Last Island.

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
The 1856 summer season was like so many that had come before – uneventful, idyllic. The South’s newest and most popular watering spot was a microcosm of Louisiana’s antebellum economic and social structure. More than four hundred vacationers – wealthy sugar planters, powerful politicians, their families, friends and servants – had come to the island to escape the hot August sun. The waters of the Gulf were cool, its breezes fresh. Life was good.

On the horizon, however, a massive cloud formation was about to tell a much different story. On that August 10th, a devastating Category Four hurricane destroyed Last Island. The chaos and confusion that initially reigned gave way in time to a generation of Civil War and Reconstruction. After more than one hundred and fifty years – and the devastation of Katrina – the story remains layered with myths. Last Days of Last Island removes that shroud and presents the first comprehensive account of “Louisiana’s first great storm.”


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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1887366881
ISBN(13-digit): 9781887366881
Copyright: 2009
Book Publisher: Center for Louisiana Studies
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 290
Illustrations (B&W): 50





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