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Wicked New Orleans : the dark side of the Big Easy

Author: Troy Taylor
Publisher: Charleston, SC : History Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Since as early as the 1700s, New Orleans has been a city filled with sin and vice. Those first pioneering citizens of the Big Easy were thieves, vagabonds and criminals of all kinds. By the time Louisiana fell under American control, New Orleans had become a city of debauchery and corruption camouflaged by decadence. It was also considered one of the country's most dangerious cities, with a reputation of crime and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Troy Taylor
ISBN: 9781596299450 1596299452
OCLC Number: 611965611
Description: 126 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: A city born in sin --
The bloody field of honor --
Under the black flag: the pirate Jean Lafitte --
"Roll the bones": gambling in New Orleans --
"Hell on earth": New Orleans crime and vice --
From Basin Street to Storyville: prostitution in New Orleans --
The Mafia in New Orleans --
The Axeman's jazz: New Orleans's most mysterious unsolved murders.
Responsibility: Troy Taylor.

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"Since as early as the 1700s, New Orleans has been a city filled with sin and vice. Those first pioneering citizens of the Big Easy were thieves, vagabonds and criminals of all kinds. By the time Louisiana fell under American control, New Orleans had become a city of debauchery and corruption camouflaged by decadence. It was also considered one of the country's most dangerious cities, with a reputation of crime and loose morals. Rampant gambling and prostitution were the norm in nineteenth-century New Orleans, and over one-third of today's French Quarter was considered a hotbed of sin. Tales in this volume of streets of the Crescent City in the early 1900s and Kate Townsend, a prositute who was murdered by her own lover, a man who later wass awarde her inheritance. Troy Taylor takes a look back at New Orleans's early wicked days and historic crimes" --Cover, p. 4.

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