The World That Made New Orleans by Ned Sublette

The World That Made New Orleans

By Ned Sublette

  • Publication Date: 2008-01-01
  • Genre: United States
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 5 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

Offering a new perspective on the unique cultural influences of New Orleans, this entertaining history captures the soul of the city and reveals its impact on the rest of the nation. Focused on New Orleans’ first century of existence, it presents a comprehensive, chronological narrative of the political, cultural, and musical development of Louisiana’s early years. This innovative history tracks the important roots of American music back to the swamp town, making clear the effects of centuries-long struggles among France, Spain, and England on the city’s unique culture. It also reveals the origins of jazz and the city’s eclectic musical influences, including the role of the slave trade. Featuring little-known facts about the cultural development of New Orleans—such as the real significance of gumbo, the origins of the tango, and the first appearance of the words vaudeville and voodoo—this rich historical narrative explains how New Orleans’ colonial influences still shape the city today. 

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Latest User Reviews

  • Very In Depth

    4
    By MonsterFactory
    A little boring at first but it’s very in depth if you are doing research into what set the base for the building of one of America’s most culturally rich and yet mysterious cities.
  • Sublette is brilliant and entertaining!!!

    5
    By Jfb292929
    If you have any interest in the history and music of this hemisphere, you will treasure this book. Written in a sincere voice, filled with facts and a clear timeline following New Orleans birth and adolescence, Sublette's perspective always entertains and informs.

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