The Louisiana Field Guide: Understanding Life in the Pelican State
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In Louisiana, every bite of food and each turn of phrase is an expression of cultural literacy. Correctly pronouncing "Tchoupitoulas" or "Atchafalaya," knowing the difference between the first Governor Long and the second one, being able to spot the artwork of Caroline Durieux, and honoring the distinction between a Creole and a Cajun roux serve not just as markers of familiarity; they represent acts of preservation. The Louisiana Field Guide: Understanding Life in the Pelican State expands on this everyday communion of history, delving into the cultural patchwork that makes the Gumbo State both thoroughly American and absolutely singular.
An authoritative lineup of contributors reintroduces Louisiana through the lenses of environment, geography, history, politics, religion, culture, language, sports, literature, film, music, architecture, food, and art. Whether describing the archi-tectural details of the Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter or sharing the family history of Bourgeois' Meat Market just outside of Thibodaux, the essays in The Louisiana Field Guide present a fresh and expansive look at the enchanting and perplexing Pelican State.
At once an accessible primer and a rich omnibus, this volume explores the well-known destinations and far-flung corners of Louisiana, from Cameron Parish to Congo Square, offering an enlightening companion guide for visitors and a trust-worthy reference for residents.
dangerously.” As we sail into the twenty-first century on this old, lovely, leaky boat called Louisiana, most people in the state know intuitively and experientially exactly what Nietzsche meant. FURTHER READING Dawdy, Shannon. Building the Devil’s Empire: French Colonial New Orleans. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. Fairclough, Adam. Race and Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915–1972. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999. Hair, William Ivy. The Kingfish and
Jr. Indians, Settlers & Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy: The Lower Mississippi Valley Before 1783. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1992. Wilson, Darlene. “A Response to Heinige.” Appalachian Journal 25.3 (Spring 1998): 292–293. www.louisianafolklife.org. LOVE VINE AND LIVED RELIGION IN LOUISIANA MICHAEL PASQUIER Robert Penn Warren begins his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel All the King’s Men with death. He takes you, the reader, down a rural highway in a car that loses
that this existential question was not easy for Long to answer. By reading in between the lines and at the margins of his personal bible, we’re left wondering how Long reconciled his worldly political ambition with the Christian message of otherworldly salvation. If anything, Long was a man who wanted to be remembered on this earth. It was an anxiety that he expressed at the top of the title page of his bible, where he summarized a passage in Ecclesiastes in the following revelatory terms: “a
immigrants found a humid, subtropical climate and diverse natural regions, including marshes, hills, delta farmland, and valleys—winning conditions for trapping, hunting, fishing, and cultivating. The state’s generous growing season supports 30,000 farms today, which produce top crops like corn, sugarcane, pecans, and sweet potatoes. Louisiana is also the third-largest producer of rice in the United States, a thrifty staple introduced in the state in the eighteenth century that figures large in
Goula, are early nineteenth-century creations. By the 1870s buildings such as Grace Memorial Episcopal in Hammond, Christ Episcopal in St. Joseph, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Clinton followed the example set by Richard Upjohn and other northern architects in adapting the newly invented wooden balloon framing to Gothic details and sympathies. Some of the finest small churches throughout the state are examples of this style built in red brick. Buildings such as Grace Episcopal (1858–1860) in St.