The most interesting period in the history of New Orleans is that included in the first four decades of the nineteenth century. During these years, the city emerged from the status of a small town which, for nearly a century, had been neglected by both France and Spain. Subjected to the whims of foreign masters, a pawn of the politics of a war-torn Europe, New Orleans before the Purchase although the capital of a vast empire, was never much more than a village. But when it became a part of the United States, New Orleans soon grew into a metropolis that attracted the attention not only of the Nation, but of the world.
Recalling “Political Squabbles,” “The Cholera Epidemic of 1832,” and “Amusements-Refined and Vulgar,” the author’s detailed accounts are complemented by a chronological table and lists of both the governors of Louisiana and the mayors of New Orleans. New Orleans: The Glamour Period, 1800-1840 presents the Crescent City in an accurate, archival light as it places it in the more genteel time preceding the Civil War.
About the Author
Albert E. Fossier spent more than thirty years scrutinizing old manuscripts and letters, reading and abstracting every available newspaper (both French and English), studying the works of visitors to the city, and consulting the archives of the municipality, State Legislature, and courts. The result is his legacy to the city he loved and called home.
The Glamour Period, 1800-1840
By Albert E. Fossier
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South
596 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 9781565546066 pb