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Bourbon Street : a history

Author: Richard Campanella
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"New Orleans is a city of many storied streets, but only one conjures up as much unbridled passion as it does fervent hatred, simultaneously polarizing the public while drawing millions of visitors a year. A fascinating investigation into the mile-long urban space that is Bourbon Street, Richard Campanella?s comprehensive cultural history spans from the street?s inception during the colonial period through three  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Campanella
ISBN: 9780807155059 0807155055
OCLC Number: 857141260
Description: xvi, 368 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Origins --
A straight line in a sinuous space : creating Rue Bourbon, 1682-1722 --
A streetscape emerges : Rue Bourbon and Calle Borbon, 1722-1803 --
A transect of antebellum society : ethnicity, race, class, and caste on Bourbon Street, 1803-1860 --
A smell so unsavory : managing Bourbon Street in the mid-1800s --
A place to "see the elephant" : antecedents of modern-day Bourbon Street --
Part II. Fame and infamy --
How Bourbon Street germinated : 1860s-1910s --
How Bourbon Street blossomed : 1910s-1920s --
How Bourbon Street flourished : late 1920s-mid-1940s --
How Bourbon Street exploded : late 1940s-early 1960s --
How Bourbon Street degenerated : late 1960s-1970s --
How Bourbon Street stabilized : 1980s-present --
Part III. Bourbon Street as a social artifact --
Locating Bourbon Street : why here? --
Working Bourbon Street : how the machine runs --
Challenging Bourbon Street : the rise of the anti-Bourbons --
Hating Bourbon Street : on iniquity and inauthenticity --
Replicating Bourbon Street : spatial and linguistic diffusion --
Redeeming Bourbon Street : the cheerful defiance of adversity.
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"New Orleans is a city of many storied streets, but only one conjures up as much unbridled passion as it does fervent hatred, simultaneously polarizing the public while drawing millions of visitors a year. A fascinating investigation into the mile-long urban space that is Bourbon Street, Richard Campanella?s comprehensive cultural history spans from the street?s inception during the colonial period through three tu-multuous centuries, arriving at the world-famous entertainment strip of today. Clearly written and carefully researched, Campanella?s book interweaves world events?from the Louisiana Purchase to World War II to Hurricane Katrina?with local and national characters, ranging from presidents to showgirls, to explain how Bourbon Street became an intri-guing and singular artifact, uniquely informative of both New Orleans?s history and American society. While offering a captivating historical-geographical panorama of Bourbon Street, Campanella also presents a contemporary microview of the area, describing the population, architecture, and local economy, and shows how Bourbon Street operates on a typical night. The fate of these few blocks in the French Quarter is played out on a larger stage, however, as the internationally recognized brands that Bourbon Street merchants and the city of New Orleans strive to promote both clash with and complement each other."

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