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1 BANCELET, ARRY JEAN; EDWARDS, JAY & PITRE, GLEN. Cajun Country.
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson: . 0878054677 / 9780878054671 Folklife in the South Series. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The first book in the Folklife in the South series and by far the broadest look at traditional Cajun culture ever assembled. It not only describes the traditions as they are but also explains how they came to be. 46 black and white photographs, 11 maps, 18 illustrations, 256 pages. 
Price: 23.75 USD
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2 BURLEY, DAVID M.; CROSBY, SARA (FOREWORD), DARDAR, T. MAYHEART (AFTERWORD). Losing Ground: Identity And Land Loss In Coastal Louisiana.
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson: 2007. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Casebound Printed Cover. Brand new book. 
How residents of a changing coastline reconcile sense of place with the Gulf's encroachment What is it like to lose your front porch to the ocean? To watch saltwater destroy your favorite fishing holes? To see playgrounds and churches subside and succumb to brackish and rising water? The residents of coastal Louisiana know. For them hurricanes are but exclamation points in an incessant loss of coastal land now estimated to occur at a rate of at least twenty-four square miles per year. In Losing Ground, coastal Louisianans communicate the significance of place and environment. During interviews taken just before the 2005 hurricanes, they send out a plea to alleviate the damage. They speak with an urgency that exemplifies a fear of losing not just property and familiar surroundings, but their identity as well. People along Louisiana's southeastern coast hold a deep attachment to place, and this shows in the urgency of the narratives David M. Burley collects here. The meanings that residents attribute to coastal land loss reflect a tenuous and uprooted sense of self. The process of coastal land loss and all of its social components, from the familial to the political, impacts these residents' concepts of history and the future. Burley updates many of his subjects' narratives to reveal what has happened in the wake of the back-to-back disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. David M. Burley, Hammond, Louisiana, is an assistant professor of sociology at Southeastern Louisiana University. His work has been published in Organization and Environment, Contexts, and Humanity and Society. 176 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 11 b&w illustrations, 1 map, foreword, afterword, appendix, bibliography, index. 
Price: 42.75 USD
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3 BURLEY, DAVID M.; CROSBY, SARA (FOREWORD), DARDAR, T. MAYHEART (AFTERWORD). Losing Ground: Identity And Land Loss In Coastal Louisiana.
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson: 2007. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
How residents of a changing coastline reconcile sense of place with the Gulf's encroachment What is it like to lose your front porch to the ocean? To watch saltwater destroy your favorite fishing holes? To see playgrounds and churches subside and succumb to brackish and rising water? The residents of coastal Louisiana know. For them hurricanes are but exclamation points in an incessant loss of coastal land now estimated to occur at a rate of at least twenty-four square miles per year. In Losing Ground, coastal Louisianans communicate the significance of place and environment. During interviews taken just before the 2005 hurricanes, they send out a plea to alleviate the damage. They speak with an urgency that exemplifies a fear of losing not just property and familiar surroundings, but their identity as well. People along Louisiana's southeastern coast hold a deep attachment to place, and this shows in the urgency of the narratives David M. Burley collects here. The meanings that residents attribute to coastal land loss reflect a tenuous and uprooted sense of self. The process of coastal land loss and all of its social components, from the familial to the political, impacts these residents' concepts of history and the future. Burley updates many of his subjects' narratives to reveal what has happened in the wake of the back-to-back disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. David M. Burley, Hammond, Louisiana, is an assistant professor of sociology at Southeastern Louisiana University. His work has been published in Organization and Environment, Contexts, and Humanity and Society. 176 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 11 b&w illustrations, 1 map, foreword, afterword, appendix, bibliography, index. 
Price: 28.50 USD
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4 FREY, JR., FRED C. (PHOTOGRAPHS), GUARISCO, TOM (TEXT). Above Baton Rouge: A Pilot's View Then And Now.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London: 2009. First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
In Above Baton Rouge, photographer and pilot Fred C. Frey, Jr., offers a breathtaking bird's-eye view of the development of Louisiana's capital city over time. Vivid pairs of black-and-white aerial photographs taken from similar angles and altitudes forty years apart reveal stunning, sweeping changes that might be taken for granted at eye level, providing a one-of-a-kind visual chronicle of Baton Rouge then and now. In the early 1960s, Frey began taking aerial photographs of Baton Rouge sites to help evaluate their potential for possible real estate developments. What started as an innovative business practice soon developed into an ongoing passion for viewing and capturing his hometown from above as it experienced explosive growth over the next forty years. A skilled aviator and Korean War veteran, Frey would bank his Cessna 150, pop open the window, and—with both hands on the camera—snap vivid pictures. He honed his compositions, always searching for familiar landmarks, major intersections, and distinctive buildings. Over time, Frey amassed a cache of more than five thousand negatives. Frey documents the enormous strides Baton Rouge has taken since the 1960s: developers clearing vast forests to make way for massive new subdivisions and shopping districts; a downtown resurrecting itself in the face of unprecedented suburban competition; LSU and Southern University extending their footprints; refineries and chemical plants expanding Baton Rouge's industrial corridor; and the interstate system steadily carving a path through the parish. In the early 1990s, Frey realized the value of his images, many of which depicted aspects of Baton Rouge no longer in existence. He began in earnest to create modern counterparts to his earliest photographs in order to illustrate how much had changed. The astounding results show fledgling subdivisions surrounded by pastures transforming into sprawling communities. Two-lane country roads ballooned into six- and eight-lane thoroughfares, straddled by mile after mile of commercial development. Frey took every photograph in this book with the same beloved Hasselblad camera system he bought in 1962. Above Baton Rouge therefore offers a unique yet consistent perspective on the metropolitan area's ever-changing landscape. Illuminating text by Tom Guarisco points out key landmarks and features and draws attention to striking differences between companion photos. Frey's masterfully shot aerial photography gives proof to Baton Rouge's boundless energy and industry—and its thirst for new places to live, work, shop, and play. Fred C. Frey, Jr., was a real estate developer in the Greater Baton Rouge area for over thirty years. Both of his children are professional photographers. He lives in Chamberlin, Louisiana, with Martha, his wife of fifty-eight years. An award-winning journalist, Tom Guarisco is editor of 225 Magazine and lives in Baton Rouge. 
Price: 37.95 USD
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5 KOLB, CAROLYN. New Orleans Memories: One Writer's City.
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson: 2013. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A passionate native's salute to the past and present glories of the Crescent City. Carolyn Kolb provides a delightful and detailed look into the heart of her city, New Orleans. She is a former Times-Picayune reporter and current columnist for New Orleans magazine, where versions of these essays appeared as "Chronicles of Recent History." Kolb takes her readers, both those who live in New Orleans and those who love it as visitors, on a virtual tour of her favorite people and places. Divided into sections on Food, Mardi Gras, Literature, and Music, these short essays can be read in one gulp or devoured slowly over time. Either way, the reader will find a welcome companion and guide in Kolb. In bringing her stories up to date, Kolb's writings reflect an ongoing pattern of life in her fascinating city. Since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, some of these things remembered will never return. Some of the people whose stories Kolb tells are no longer with us. It is important to her, and to us, that they not be forgotten. Kolb, and her readers, can honor them by sharing and enjoying their stories. As Kolb says, "When things fail, when the lights go out and the roof caves in and the water rises, all that remains, ultimately, is the story." This collection of such stories was made with love. Carolyn Kolb, New Orleans, Louisiana, holds a doctorate in urban history from the University of New Orleans and teaches Louisiana history at Tulane University's School of Continuing Studies. She is the author of The Dolphin Guide to New Orleans. 208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 45 b&w photographs, bibliography, index. 
Price: 23.75 USD
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6 LEIGHNINGER, JR., ROBERT D. Building Louisiana: The Legacy Of The Public Works Administration.
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A survey of New Deal projects and their lasting impact. Robert D. Leighninger, Jr., believes there may be a model for municipal building projects everywhere in the ambitious and artful structures erected in Louisiana by the Public Works Administration. In the 1930s, the PWA built a tremendous amount of infrastructure in a very short time. Most of the edifices are still in use, yet few people recognize how these schools, courthouses, and other great structures came about. Building Louisiana documents the projects one New Deal agency erected in one southern state and places these in social and political context. Based on extensive research in the National Archives and substantial field work within the state, Leighninger has gathered the story of the establishment of the PWA and the feverish building activity that ensued. He also recounts early tussles with Huey Long and the scandals involving public works discovered during the late New Deal. The book includes looks at individual projects of particular interest--"Big Charity" hospital, the Carville leprosy center, the Shreveport incinerator, and the LSU sugar plant. A concluding chapter draws lessons from the PWA's history that might be applied to current political concerns. Also included is an annotated inventory of every PWA project in the state. Finally, this composite picture honors those workers and policymakers who, in a time of despair, expressed hope for the future with this enduring investment. Robert D. Leighninger, Jr., is faculty associate in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. He is the author of Long Range Public Investment: The Forgotten Legacy of the New Deal. 240 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 75 black and white illustrations, 8 tables, appendix, index . 
Price: 28.50 USD
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7 LEIGHNINGER, JR., ROBERT D. Building Louisiana: The Legacy Of The Public Works Administration.
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson: . h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A survey of New Deal projects and their lasting impact. Robert D. Leighninger, Jr., believes there may be a model for municipal building projects everywhere in the ambitious and artful structures erected in Louisiana by the Public Works Administration. In the 1930s, the PWA built a tremendous amount of infrastructure in a very short time. Most of the edifices are still in use, yet few people recognize how these schools, courthouses, and other great structures came about. Building Louisiana documents the projects one New Deal agency erected in one southern state and places these in social and political context. Based on extensive research in the National Archives and substantial field work within the state, Leighninger has gathered the story of the establishment of the PWA and the feverish building activity that ensued. He also recounts early tussles with Huey Long and the scandals involving public works discovered during the late New Deal. The book includes looks at individual projects of particular interest--"Big Charity" hospital, the Carville leprosy center, the Shreveport incinerator, and the LSU sugar plant. A concluding chapter draws lessons from the PWA's history that might be applied to current political concerns. Also included is an annotated inventory of every PWA project in the state. Finally, this composite picture honors those workers and policymakers who, in a time of despair, expressed hope for the future with this enduring investment. Robert D. Leighninger, Jr., is faculty associate in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. He is the author of Long Range Public Investment: The Forgotten Legacy of the New Deal. 240 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 75 black and white illustrations, 8 tables, appendix, index . 
Price: 53.20 USD
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8 MOORE, LEONARD N. Black Rage In New Orleans: Police Brutality And African American Activism From World War II To Hurricane Katrina.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London: h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
In Black Rage in New Orleans, Leonard N. Moore traces the shocking history of police corruption in the Crescent City from World War II to Hurricane Katrina and the concurrent rise of a large and energized black opposition to it. In New Orleans, crime, drug abuse, and murder were commonplace, and an underpaid, inadequately staffed, and poorly trained police force frequently resorted to brutality against African Americans. Endemic corruption among police officers increased as the city's crime rate soared, generating anger and frustration among New Orleans's black community. Rather than remain passive, African Americans in the city formed antibrutality organizations, staged marches, held sit-ins, waged boycotts, vocalized their concerns at city council meetings, and demanded equitable treatment. Moore explores a staggering array of NOPD abuses—police homicides, sexual violence against women, racial profiling, and complicity in drug deals, prostitution rings, burglaries, protection schemes, and gun smuggling—and the increasingly vociferous calls for reform by the city's black community. Documenting the police harassment of civil rights workers in the 1950s and 1960s, Moore then examines the aggressive policing techniques of the 1970s, and the attempts of Ernest "Dutch" Morial—the first black mayor of New Orleans—to reform the force in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Even when the department hired more African American officers as part of that reform effort, Moore reveals, the corruption and brutality continued unabated in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Dramatic changes in departmental leadership, together with aid from federal grants, finally helped professionalize the force and achieved long-sought improvements within the New Orleans Police Department. Community policing practices, increased training, better pay, and a raft of other reform measures for a time seemed to signal real change in the department. The book's epilogue, "Policing Katrina," however, looks at how the NOPD's ineffectiveness compromised its ability to handle the greatest natural disaster in American history, suggesting that the fruits of reform may have been more temporary than lasting. The first book-length study of police brutality and African American protest in a major American city, Black Rage in New Orleans will prove essential for anyone interested in race relations in America's urban centers. 
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9 STERNBERG, MARY ANN. Along The River Road: Past And Present On Louisiana's Historic Byway.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London: 2013. Third Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. Limited Edition. 
Few thoroughfares offer as rich a history as Louisiana's River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. In this third edition of her extremely popular guide, Along the River Road, Mary Ann Sternberg provides a revised introduction, new images, and updated information on sites and attractions as well as tales and local lore about favorite and overlooked destinations. Featuring background information about the area and a detailed guided tour—upriver on the east bank and downriver along the west—the book gives an overview of the River Road, serving as an accessible and definitive companion to exploring the corridor. Sternberg's abiding appreciation of the area's allure—garnered over twenty years of visiting—produces a must-have travel companion to a place that far exceeds its common reputation as only a parade of elegant antebellum mansions. In this new edition, she again encourages travelers to experience the many treasures of this wondrous byway for themselves, seeing how much it has changed over the last decade. Mary Ann Sternberg, author of Along the River Road: Past and Present on Louisiana's Historic Byway and Winding through Time: The Forgotten History and Present-Day Peril of Bayou Manchac, is a nonfiction writer with a deep appreciation for Louisiana's history and culture. She lives in Baton Rouge and has an abiding delight in exploring the world. 
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10 STERNBERG, MARY ANN. Along The River Road: Past And Present On Louisiana's Historic Byway.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London: 2013. Third Edition s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Few thoroughfares offer as rich a history as Louisiana's River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. In this third edition of her extremely popular guide, Along the River Road, Mary Ann Sternberg provides a revised introduction, new images, and updated information on sites and attractions as well as tales and local lore about favorite and overlooked destinations. Featuring background information about the area and a detailed guided tour—upriver on the east bank and downriver along the west—the book gives an overview of the River Road, serving as an accessible and definitive companion to exploring the corridor. Sternberg's abiding appreciation of the area's allure—garnered over twenty years of visiting—produces a must-have travel companion to a place that far exceeds its common reputation as only a parade of elegant antebellum mansions. In this new edition, she again encourages travelers to experience the many treasures of this wondrous byway for themselves, seeing how much it has changed over the last decade. Mary Ann Sternberg, author of Along the River Road: Past and Present on Louisiana's Historic Byway and Winding through Time: The Forgotten History and Present-Day Peril of Bayou Manchac, is a nonfiction writer with a deep appreciation for Louisiana's history and culture. She lives in Baton Rouge and has an abiding delight in exploring the world. 
Price: 21.80 USD
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11 STERNBERG, MARY ANN. River Road Rambler: A Curious Traveler Along Louisiana's Historic Byway.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London: 2013. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge hosts a fascinating mix of people, traditions, and stories. Author Mary Ann Sternberg has spent over two decades exploring this historic corridor, uncovering its intriguing and often-underappreciated places. In River Road Rambler, she presents fifteen sketches about sites along this scenic route. From familiar stops, such as the National Hansen's Disease Center Museum at Carville and the perique tobacco area of St. James Parish to lesser-known attractions such as Our Lady of Lourdes grotto in the town of Convent and the Colonial Sugars Historic District, Sternberg provides a new perspective on some of the region's most colorful places. While many of these locales remain easily accessible to any River Road rambler, Sternberg also depicts others closed to the public, giving armchair travelers an introduction to these otherwise unreachable attractions. Throughout, Sternberg captures the ambiance of her surroundings with a clear, engaging, and personal examination of the relationships between past and present. In a poignant piece on the garden of Valcour Aime, for example, she delves into the history of this lavish, nationally acclaimed planter's garden, established and abandoned in the mid-nineteenth century. Her visit to the now-private and protected site, which has never been altered or replanted, reveals an extraordinary landscape—the relic of what Aime created, slowly overwhelmed by nature. 15 black and white illustrations, 1 map. Mary Ann Sternberg, author of Along the River Road: Past and Present on Louisiana's Historic Byway and Winding through Time: The Forgotten History and Present-Day Peril of Bayou Manchac, is a nonfiction writer with a deep appreciation for Louisiana's history and culture. She lives in Baton Rouge and has an abiding delight in exploring the world. 
Price: 23.70 USD
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12 ZEBROWSKI, ERNEST & LEACH, MARIAH ZEBROWSKI. Hydrocarbon Hucksters: Lessons From Louisiana On Oil, Politics, And Environmental Justice.
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A piercing study of the political, economic, and environmental havoc unleashed by the oil industry. Hydrocarbon Hucksters is the saga of the oil industry's takeover of Louisiana--its leaders, its laws, its environment, and, by rechanneling the flow of public information, its voters. It is a chronicle of mindboggling scientific and technical triumphs sharing the same public stew with myths about the "goodness" of oil and bald-faced public lies by politicians and the captains of industry. It is a story of money and power, greed and corruption, jingoism and exploitation, pollution and disease, and the bewilderment and resignation of too many of the powerless. Most importantly, Hydrocarbon Hucksters is a case study of what happens when a state uncritically hands the oil and petrochemical industries everything they desire. Today, Louisiana ranks at or near the bottom of the fifty states on virtually every measure related to the quality of life--income, health, education, environment, public services, public safety, physical infrastructure, and vulnerability to disasters (both natural and man-made). Nor, contrary to the claims of the hydrocarbon sector, has there been much in the way of job creation to offset all of this social grief. The authors (one a scientist, the other an environmental lawyer) have woven together the science, legal history, economic issues, and national and global contexts of what has happened. Their objective is to raise enough national awareness to prevent other parts of the United States from repeating Louisiana's historical follies. The authors are uncle and niece, a generation apart, who have melded their conclusions from two separate tracks. Ernest Zebrowski, St. George Island, Florida, is a former physics professor who taught in Louisiana for seven years and has explored most of the nooks and crannies of that state while conducting the research for this and previous books. He is the author of Global Climate Change; Category 5, The Story of Camille; and The Last Days of St. Pierre. Mariah Zebrowski Leach, Boulder, Colorado, holds a J.D. degree and has made environmental forays into each of the fifty states as well as a handful of foreign countries. She is a contributor to International Environmental Law in a Nutshell (Fourth Edition). 224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 25 b&w photographs (approx.), 2 maps, 2 tables, introduction, bibliography, index 
Price: 33.25 USD
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