Synopses & Reviews
Covering the lively, even raucous, history of Louisiana from before First Contact through the Elections of 2012, this sixth edition of the classic Louisiana history survey provides an engaging and comprehensive narrative of what is arguably America’s most colorful state.
- Since the appearance of the first edition of this classic text in 1984, Louisiana: A History has remained the best-loved and most highly regarded college-level survey of Louisiana on the market
- Compiled by some of the foremost experts in the field of Louisiana history who combine their own research with recent historical discoveries
- Includes complete coverage of the most recent events in political and environmental history, including the continued aftermath of Katrina and the 2010 BP oil spill
- Considers the interrelationship between Louisiana history and that of the American South and the nation as a whole
- Written in an engaging and accessible style complemented by more than a hundred photographs and maps
Covering the lively period from before First Contact to the present, Louisiana: A History
provides an overview of the colorful history of this unique state. Now in its sixth edition, the classic text has been updated and revised to include the very latest scholarship in the field, as well as coverage of recent events, including the 2010 BP oil spill and its ensuing economic and environmental effects.
Incorporating the latest historical literature, the text focuses not only on political but also social, economic, cultural, intellectual, and artistic history within the Pelican State. Organized in four parts, Louisiana: A History explores how events outside the colony, territory, and ultimately state of Louisiana shaped not only Louisiana’s destiny, but that of the American South and the United States itself.
About the Author
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.
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).
Table of Contents
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