Tricentennial Reading List

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Make the most of your reading hours during 2018, New Orleans’ tricentennial year!  Join Susan Larson, host of The Reading Life, as she talks with local authors and readers about their favorite books from three hundred years of New Orleans literature. The Tricentennial Reading List will comprise the “top 300” books from multiple genres—fiction to food, murder mysteries to music.

Production of the Tricentennial Reading List is supported by the Helis Foundation, the John Burton Harter Foundation, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Welcome to the final segment of the Tricentennial Reading List, as Susan Larson discusses books, both on the list and worthy of mention.

Susan Larson continues her look at 300 great New Orleans books, this week with author John Kemp as they talk about books on New Orleans architecture.

Susan Larson continues her look at 300 great New Orleans books, this week with author John Kemp as they look at books on art.

As we head into another carnival season, Susan Larson talks with author and Mardi Gras aficionado, Arthur Hardy, about books on Mardi Gras in part two of a special Carnival edition of The Reading List.

As we head into another carnival season, Susan Larson talks with author and Mardi Gras aficionado, Arthur Hardy, about books on Mardi Gras in part one of a special Carnival edition of The Reading List.

Susan Larson continues her look at 300 great New Orleans books. Today: African-American culture and tradition with independent scholar Freddi Evans.

Welcome to The Tricentennial Reading List. Today, Susan Larson continues her look at 300 great New Orleans books, in part five of her conversation with professor emeritus of history at Tulane University, Larry Powell.

Slavery and Freedom, War and Reconstruction

  • Slavery’s Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans During the Age of Revolutionsby Rashauna Johnson
  • Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market, by Walter Johnson
  • Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery, by Adam Rothman
  • New Orleans After the Civil War: Race Politics and a New Birth of Freedom, by Justin Nystrom
  • Uncivil Wars: Five New Orleans Street Battles and the Fall of Radical Reconstructionby James Hogue
  • An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866, by James Hollandsworth

Afro-Creoles

  • Creole New Orleans: Race and Americanization, edited by Arnold M. Hirsch and Joseph Logsdon
  • Revolution, Romanticism, and the Afro-Creole Protest Tradition in New Orleansby Caryn Bell
  • Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation, by Rebecca Scott and Jean Hebrard
  • Raising Freedom’s Child: Black Children and Visions of the Future After Slavery, by Mary Niall Mitchell
  • Exiles at Home: The Struggle to Become American in Creole New Orleans, by Shirley Elizabeth Thompson

  • New Orleans, 1718-1812: An Economic Historyby John Clark
  • Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy: The Lower Mississippi Valley Before 1783, by Daniel Usner
  • A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America, by Jon Kukla
  • Bienville’s Dilemma: A Historical Geography of New Orleans, by Richard Campanella
  • Bounded Lives, Bounded Places: Free Black Society in Colonial New Orleans, 1769-1803, by Kimberly Hanger
  • Building the Devil’s Empire: French Colonial New Orleans, by Shannon Lee Dawdy
  • Building the Land of Dreams: New Orleans and the Transformation of Early America, by Eberhard Faber
  • The World that Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square, by Ned Sublette
  •  A Company Man: The Remarkable French-Atlantic Voyage of a Clerk for the Company of the Indies, by Marc Antoine Caillot, edited with an introduction by Erin Greenwald, translated by Teri F. Chalmers 
  • Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century, by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall 
  •  Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, by Freddi Williams Evans
  •  Masterless Mistresses: The New Orleans Ursulines and the Development of a New World Society, 1727-1834, byEmily Clark
  •  Voices from an Early American Convent: Marie Madeleine Hachard and the New Orleans Ursulines, 1727-1760, by Emily Clark
  • Gateway to New Orleans: Bayou St. John, 1708-2018, by Hilary Somerville Irvin, Florence umonville, Heather Veneziano, and Stephanie Bruno

 

  •   The Strange History of the American Quadroon: Free Women of Color in the Revolutionary Atlantic World, by Emily Clark
  • End of an Era, New Orleans, 1850-1861by Robert Reinders
  • The Many Panics of 1837: People, Politics, and the Creation of a Transatlantic Financial Crisisby Jessica Lepler
  • The Merchants’ Capital: New Orleans and the Political Economy of the 19th Century Southby Scott Marler
  •  Notorious Woman: The Celebrated Case of Myra Clark Gainesby Elizabeth Alexander
  • Judah P. Benjaminby Eli Evans
  • Cities of the Deadby Joseph Roach
  • American Indians in Early New Orleansby Daniel Usner
  • Slavery and Freedom, War and Reconstruction
  • Slavery’s Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans During the Age of Revolutionsby Rashauna Johnson
  • Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market, by Walter Johnson
  • Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery, by Adam Rothman
  • New Orleans After the Civil War: Race Politics and a New Birth of Freedom, by Justin Nystrom
  • Uncivil Wars: Five New Orleans Street Battles and the Fall of Radical Reconstructionby James Hogue
  • An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866, by James Hollandsworth

 

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