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The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square
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Offering a new perspective on the unique cultural influences of New Orleans, this entertaining history captures the soul of the city and reveals its impact on the rest of the nation. Focused on New Orleans' first century of existence, a comprehensive, chronological narrative of the political, cultural, and musical development of Louisiana's early years is presented. This innovative history tracks the important roots of American music back to the swamp town, making clear the effects of centuries-long struggles among France, Spain, and England on the city's unique culture. The origins of jazz and the city's eclectic musical influences, including the role of the slave trade, are also revealed. Featuring little-known facts about the cultural development of New Orleans—such as the real significance of gumbo, the origins of the tango, and the first appearance of the words vaudeville and voodoo—this rich historical narrative explains how New Orleans' colonial influences shape the city still today.

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      • content: "An unmatchable snapshot of the exhilarating yet often ugly 1960s soul music scene."
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      • content: "Made me weep."
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      • source: Madison Smartt Bell, author, Toussaint Louverture and All Souls' Rising
      • content: "With staggering erudition and dazzling style, Sublette weaves things you always wanted to know together in a harmonious whole."
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      • source: Laurent Dubois, author, Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution
      • content: "A compelling portrait of the city as a capital of the Caribbean, an irrepressible source of artistic and political creativity."
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      • source: The Times Picayune
      • content: "A fresh and very readable book of scholarship . . . Sublette gets contemporary New Orleans."
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      • source: The Boston Globe
      • content: "The best argument yet for why we need to save New Orleans."
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      • content: "Sublette’s scholarship lends sturdiness and cohesion to a historical record that otherwise might be washed away through carelessness or intentionally erased."
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        In this thoughtful, well-researched history, Sublette (Cuba and Its Music
        ) charts the development of New Orleans, from European colonization through the Haitian revolution (which was crucial to French and American negotiations over Louisiana) to the Louisiana Purchase. Central to his account are the African slaves, who began arriving in New Orleans in 1719, and their contributions to the city’s musical life. He considers, for example, how musical influences from different parts of Africa—Kongo drumming and Senegambian banjo playing—combined to forge a distinctive musical culture. Sublette also lucidly discusses New Orleans’ important role in the domestic slave trade, arguing persuasively that the culture of slavery in New Orleans was different from that in Virginia or South Carolina. In New Orleans, there was a large population of free blacks, and slaves there had “greater relative freedom” than elsewhere. Furthermore, by the early 19th century, Louisiana was home to more African-born slaves than the Upper South. Those factors, which helped perpetuate African religion and dance, combined to offer “an alternative path of development for African American culture.” As our nation continues to ponder the future of the Big Easy, Sublette offers an informative accounting of that great city’s past. 20 b&w photos.

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        June 1, 2008
        Adult/High School-This book explores the economic and cultural roots of New Orleans. With the exception of a brief coda that reflects on recent Mardi Gras celebrations, Sublette focuses on the pre-20th-century history that shaped the modern city. The author traces its origins across the Atlantic to 18th-century monarchs and the French Revolution. He follows the city's development chronologically, noting that Spanish explorers and a thriving slave trade with the west coast of Africa also left their mark. These influences are evident in the music and dance whose legacy reaches far beyond the Mississippi Delta. Sublette's style is delightfully readable, avoiding stilted academic prose while maintaining a scholarly approach that is peppered with fascinating details. Filled with period maps, this volume will appeal to history buffs and readers interested in the musical heritage of New Orleans."Heidi Dolamore, San Mateo County Library, CA"

        Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Starred review from February 1, 2008
        In the rush to analyze New Orleans after Katrina, this articulate and intensely researched history provides not only an impressive look at its subject but alsoshould serve as a model for any future works on great American cities. As he tracks discovery by the French, colonization by the Spanish, and eventual possession by the Americans, Sublette reveals how each nation implanted its character on the Crescent Citys development. Most startling will be his discussion of the deep Cuban and Haitian connections and the cultural and economic effect these Caribbean islands have on present day society and industry. As the author of Cuba and Its Music (2007), Sublette gives the citys musical legacy its due andinvestigates Congo Square with its tradition of late night celebrations rooted in distant African life, which provided a permanent link between the two continents. He finishes with an insightful discussion on the Mardi Gras Indians, significant groups who are keeping New Orleans history of slavery and hard-fought freedom alive. Cultural studies and history do not get much better than this, a must read for anyone who wonders why this city must be saved.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2008, American Library Association.)

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