The accidental city : improvising New Orleans / Lawrence N. Powell.

Chronicles the history of the city from its being contended over as swampland through Louisiana's statehood in 1812, discussing its motley identities as a French village, African market town, Spanish fortress, and trade center.

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Bibliographic Details
Online Access: Full Text (via ProQuest)
Main Author: Powell, Lawrence N.
Format: eBook
Published: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.
Table of Contents:
  • An impossible river
  • A landjobbing scheme
  • Utopian by design
  • Improvising a city
  • Changing of the guard
  • In contraband we trust
  • A Creole city
  • Slavery and the struggle for mastery
  • The slaves remake themselves
  • A new people, a new racial order
  • The American gateway
  • Epilogue.