Carolyn E. De Latte (editor)
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A look at life in Louisiana leading up to the Civil War.
Historian Joseph Tregle, Jr. described Louisiana's historical development during the years immediately before the Civil War as an "embarrassment of riches." These riches are explored in the most recent addition to the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History.
Editor Carolyn De Latte assembled a wide-ranging compilation of the very best twentieth-century scholarship on antebellum Louisiana; topics covered in Part A: Life and Labor include population growth, agricultural developments, advances in transportation and communication, ethnicity, education, culture and entertainment, expansion efforts, and, of course, slavery. As the rest of the nation embraced technology and its attendant economic prosperity, Louisiana struggled to stay apace, establishing railroad projects in various regions, developing new industries, and dabbling in foreign markets and filibusters.
Antebellum Louisiana, 1830-1860, Part A: Life and Labor presents a vital key to understanding the state's internal conflicts and desire to retain an element of the "Old World" within its new role as a 'united state of America.' Dividing sections between rural developments and New Orleans, De Latte brings together articles that accurately portray the animosity between country and city, Creoles and Americans, pastoral contentment and the rush to embrace new technologies such as the railroad and the cotton gin. As well, De Latte gives attention to the situation of the antebellum woman, hired laborers (versus slaves), and the threat of yellow fever. This volume is sure to be an asset to established scholars and students alike for its treatment of life and labor in Louisiana prior to its entrance into the Civil War. Order a copy today to add this important anthology to your library.
Volume IV, Part A of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History.
Center for Louisiana Studies
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Book Publisher: Center for Louisiana Studies
No. of Pages: 579