Creole City: A Chronicle of Early American New Orleans (Hardback)
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Creole City: A Chronicle of Early American New Orleans (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 30/01/2015
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In Creole City, Nathalie Dessens opens a window onto antebellum New Orleans during a time of rapid expansion and dizzying change. The story-rooted in the Sainte-Geme Family Papers harbored at The Historic New Orleans Collection-follows the twenty-year correspondence of Jean Boze to Henri de Ste-Geme, both refugees from Saint-Domingue.

Exploring parts of the city's history that have previously been neglected, Dessens examines how New Orleans came to symbolize progress, adventure, and culture to so many. Through Boze's letters, readers witness the convergence of new Americans and old colonial populations that sparked transformations in the economic, social, and political structures, as well as the Creolization of the city. Additionally, the letters depict transatlantic experiences at a time when New Orleans was a key hub of the Atlantic trade and so very distinct from other nineteenth-century American metropolises, such as New York and Philadelphia.

Dessens's portrayal of this seminal period is innovative and crucial to understanding of the city's rich record and its larger role in American history.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813060200
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A fascinating glimpse of everyday life in New Orleans in the second and third decades of the nineteenth century."--The Journal of Southern History

"Trace[s] the evolution of New Orleans in the early years of the Republic from the perspective of a Saint-Domingue refugee."--Transatlantica

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