It was a decade of flappers, Prohibition, and unprecedented prosperity that abruptly ended with the crash of ’29. In New Orleans, steamships lined the wharves, vaudeville gave way to “talkies,” and William Faulkner’s Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles
was the first book produced by a new publisher called Pelican Publishing Company.
Mary Lou Widmer’s fourth retrospect of the city reminisces about how New Orleans welcomed the economic growth of the postwar twenties in its own special way. The Crescent City celebrated this prosperity, giving birth to jazz halls in the Vieux Carré and launching the careers of musicians like Louis Armstrong. It was the most progressive era in the city’s history since before the Civil War.
From politics to home life there is hardly an aspect of life in the twenties Widmer does not touch upon. A full chapter is devoted to how the city known for Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras reacted to Prohibition. Indoor plumbing and electric lights became the standard in homes throughout the city. Transportation opened up new neighborhoods as cars became status symbols and the streetcar system took riders to every neighborhood in the city.
About the Author
Mary Lou Widmer, a native of New Orleans, is former president of the South Louisiana Chapter of Romance Writers of America. She has written several novels set in New Orleans. A certified descendant of settlers in the area prior to the Louisiana Purchase, she is a member of the Louisiana Colonials and the Daughters of 1812. She is also the author of New Orleans in the Thirties, New Orleans in the Forties, and New Orleans in the Fifties, all published by Pelican.
NEW ORLEANS IN THE TWENTIES
By Mary Lou Widmer
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South
208 pp. 8 x 11
170 Photos Index 7 Maps
ISBN: 9780882899336 hc