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

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 30/01/2016
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In Creole City, Nathalie Dessens opens a window onto antebellum New Orleans during a period of rapid expansion and dizzying change. Exploring previously neglected aspects of the city's early nineteenth-century history, Dessens examines how the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of New Orleans came to symbolize progress, adventure, and culture to so many.

Rooting her exploration in the Sainte-Geme Family Papers harbored at The Historic New Orleans Collection, Dessens follows the twenty-year correspondence of Jean Boze to Henri de Ste-Geme, both refugees from Saint-Domingue. Through Boze's letters, written between 1818 and 1839, readers witness the convergence and merging of cultural attitudes as new arrivals and old colonial populations collide, sparking transformations in the economic, social, and political structures of the city. This Creolization of the city is thus revealed to be at the very heart of New Orleans's early identity and made this key hub of Atlantic trade so very distinct from other nineteenth-century American metropolises.

Dessens's portrayal of this seminal period is innovative and crucial to understanding the city's rich history and unique culture.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813062181
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 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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