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Visions & Revisions
Perspectives on Louisiana Society & Culture

Vaughan Burdin Baker
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A look at social life in Louisiana history.

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Research and writing on Louisiana's past has undergone a sharp change since the 1970s: from a prevailing emphasis on "history as past politics" to a view of the past that embraces richer dimensions. This volume in the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History focuses attention on aspects of Louisiana's social and cultural development and on the changing nature of the discourse in Louisiana historiography that has taken place through the course of the twentieth century. It provides samples of both the older and the newer research on Louisiana society and culture.

The volume is organized into six parts. Part I offers a selection of articles ranging from early analyses of race and class that have become classics in the literature to end-of-the-twentieth-century interpretations shaped by postmodern theory and concerns. Other sections examine the experience of women and children, aspects of daily life in different historical periods, and work and leisure pursuits. Individual essays discuss such diverse topics as the Americanization of French Louisiana, the state's distinct three-tiered class system, legal protections afforded Louisiana's women by Coutume de Paris, efforts to establish a child welfare system, Louisiana--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s famous "white slave," Storyville's "Blue Books," and colonial Louisiana's moral climate.

Baker's volume demonstrates that Louisiana historians have enthusiastically applied a rich variety of methods and interpretations in studying the social and cultural dimensions of the state's past. Louisiana's social history is distinguished by the visions and revisions of talented scholars who have applied powerful interpretive approaches and thoughtfulness and expertise. Rather than replacing older subjects and interests, social history's validation of once-excluded topics and methods continues to expand our understanding of our Louisiana heritage.

Volume XV of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History

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CONTENTS

PART I RACE AND CLASS IN LOUISIANA

The New American Racial Order
by Caryn Cosse Bell

The Emergence of Classes in the Antebellum Period
by Carl A. Brasseaux

The Americanization of French Louisiana
by Lewis William Newton

Class and Race Strife
by Roger W. Shugg

Race and the Working Class: The Black Worker and His Image, 1880-1890
by David Paul Bennetts

"Lost Boundaries": Racial Passing and Poverty in Segregated New Orleans
by Arthe A. Anthony

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

PART II ON THE FRINGE: WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN LOUISIANA

Cherchez les Femmes: Some Glimpses of Women in Early Eighteenth-Century Louisiana
by Vaughan B. Baker

The Ursuline School in New Orleans, 1727-1771
by Joan Marie Aycock

Le Mari est Seigneur: Marital Laws Governing Women in French Louisiana
by Vaughan B. Baker, Amos Simpson, and Math--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚¬Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚© Allain

Family and Kinship: Development on Three Louisiana Plantations
by Ann Patton Malone

Child Welfare and Public Relief in the Antebellum Era
by Robert E. Moran

Sally Muller, the White Slave
by Carol Wilson

Introduction to Madaline
by Dell Upton

Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville
by Pamela D. Arceneaux

Parlors, Politics, and Privilege: Clubwomen and the Failure of Woman Suffrage in Lafayette, Louisiana, 1897-1922
by Barbara Smith Corrales

The Gift House: Jean M. Gordon and the Making of the Milne Home, 1904-1931
by Rebecca Carrasco

PART III LIFE IN LOUISIANA

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

The Plantation of the Company of the Indies
by Samuel Wilson, Jr.

New Orleans Society
by Marcel Giraud

The Material Culture of the Attakapas District in the First Two Decades of the Nineteenth Century
by Glenn R. Conrad

Virginians in the Teche Country: John D. Wilkins and the Louisiana
Beginnings
by Glenn R. Conrad

Family and Society
by Craig A. Bauer

The Wettest Dry City in America
by Louis Vyhnanek

The Human Dimension of the Flood of 1927
by Carl A. Brasseaux

Cultural Conflict and the 1928 Presidential Campaign in Louisiana
by Steven D. Zink

PART IV LOUISIANIANS AT WORK
The Business Community, 1803-1815
by John D. Clark

Workhouses and Vagrancy in Nineteenth Century New Orleans
by Nathaniel P. Weston

Free Men of Color as Tomb Builders in the Nineteenth Century
by Patricia Brady

Louisiana Labor in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
by Thomas A. Becnel

Getting Places in a Hurry: The Development of Aviation in Long-Era
South Louisiana
by John A. Heitmann

Late Plantation Days, 1930-1959
by Michael G. Wade

PART V LOUISIANIANS AT LEISURE

A Window on Slave Culture: Dances at Congo Square in New Orleans,
by Gary A. Donaldson

A Community and Its Team: The Evangeline League's Lafayette

White Sox, 1934-1942
by Doug Taylor

The Presence of the Past in the Cajun Country Mardi Gras
by Carl Lindahl

PART VI JUSTICE AND INJUSTICE IN THE LOUISIANA EXPERIENCE
Two Utopian Socialist Plans for Emancipation in Antebellum Louisia
by Carl J. Guameri

Keeping Law and Order in New Orleans Under General Butler, 1862
by Joy J. Jackson

Black Policemen in New Orleans During Reconstruction
by Dennis C. Rousey

Justice Delayed: Appoline Patout v. the United States, 1864-1918
by Michael G. Wade

Louisiana and the Child Offender
by Robert E. Moran

Organized Crime in Louisiana History: Myth and Reality
by Michael L. Kurtz

Lynching and Criminal Justice in South Louisiana, 1878-1930
by Michael J. Pfeifer


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ISBN: 1887366369
ISBN(13-digit): 9781887366366
Copyright: 2000
Library of Congress: 96-84494
Book Publisher: Center for Louisiana Studies
Binding: Sewn
No. of Pages: 802





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