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What is it about the city of New Orleans? History, location, and culture continue to link it to France while distancing it culturally and symbolically from the US. This audiobook explores the traces of French language, history, and artistic expression that have been present there over the last 300 years. This volume focuses on the French, Spanish, and American colonial periods to understand the imprint that French sociocultural dynamic left on the Crescent City.

The migration of Acadians to New Orleans at the time the city became a Spanish dominion and the arrival of Haitian refugees when the city became an American territory oddly reinforced its Francophone identity. However, in the process of establishing itself as an urban space in the Antebellum South, the culture of New Orleans became a liability for New Orleans elite after the Louisiana Purchase.

New Orleans and the Caribbean share numerous historical, cultural, and linguistic connections. The audiobook analyzes these connections and the shared process of Creolization occurring in New Orleans and throughout the Caribbean Basin. It suggests "French" New Orleans might be understood as a trope for unscripted "original" Creole social and cultural elements. Since being Creole came to connote African descent, the study suggests an association with France in the minds of whites allowed for a less racially bound and contested social order within the US.

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An interesting Book.

Very few people have knowledge of this topic so all listeners can gain information by listening to this well performed Audio Book.

It is not always entertaining but if you listen to the entire Book you will can insight into an interesting topic.





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The most non-american US city

Dianne Guenin-Lelle's history of New Orleans provides a very interesting and comprehensive history of the city and it's people. It looks at the "most non-American in the USA" and it's origins in French, British, African and Caribbean cultures and peoples. How changing politics - Louisiana purchase, French Revolution, Napoleonic wars, US civil war and so on - all shaped the city. It looks at how race relations changed things. How the meaning of 'creole' was adapted depending on the people and the politics.

One thing I found highly interesting what looking at the names of major roads in the city and what they are called. How changing of names, or the time in which they were named, provided an insight into the political and social affiliations of the Orleans peoples.

The book is filled with insights like this.

Narration by Sally Martin was good. Clear, easy to follow, well paced. She dealt well with the French and creole when it came up in the text.

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Great history!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Great history of New Orleans and the development of a fascinating city. I really enjoyed the story and it was a great way to pass a long commute.

The narrator has an excellent voice -- very clear and easy to understand, even at high speeds.

Definitely recommend.

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History lesson

A lot of good information and good narration as well. I felt like I was given a thorough history lesson. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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In Depth History

The Story of French New Orleans: History of a Creole City. - This is an in depth work and is highly detailed in it's coverage of it's subject. Not a light read, but for anyone with an interest in real history and New Orleans this is the book to read/listen.
I rate the narration of this book 5 star - because Sally Martin managed to make a quite heavy history work into a pleasure to listen too. ( Think favorite college professor easy to listen too )
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THOROUGH AND WELL-WRITTEN

Wow, this thorough history of New Orleans is very comprehensive and thought-provoking, well written, and full of really interesting facts. So much went into making the city what it is today - a complicated history of politics, religion, and different and intriguing cultures..... it's fascinating. My parents are from Alabama and Mississippi, and I enjoyed listening to some southern history.

I thought the narrator did an awesome job, and I was very pleased with this audiobook. Would definitely recommend it to others :)

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The story of French New Orleans

I learned SO much from this book!The story of New Orleans being tossed back and forth between France and Spain was fascinating!Sally Martin did a fine job narrating.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Very informative

A good narrator with a lot to say. Very comprehensive overview of the history of New Orleans: politics, literature and interpersonal aspects. Narrator handled all the French fluidly.