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Table of Contents
Introduction by John C. Rodrigue 1
Part One 9
By Light Townsend Cummins
Chapter One. Native Peoples and European Contact 11
Chapter Two. The Founding of French Louisiana 32
Chapter Three. Louisiana as a French Colony 53
Chapter Four. Spanish Louisiana 69
Chapter Five. The Final Years of Colonial Louisiana 84
Suggested Readings 97
Part Two 101
By Judith Kelleher Schafer
Chapter Six. The Territorial Period 103
Chapter Seven. The Political Development of Antebellum Louisiana 123
Chapter Eight. Life and Labor in Antebellum Louisiana 153
Chapter Nine. Civil War and Reconstruction in Louisiana 196
Suggested Readings 224
Part Three 229
By Edward F. Haas
Chapter Ten. Uneasy Interlude,1877-1892 231
Chapter Eleven. Bourbonism, Populism, and a Little Progressivism 1892-1924
Chapter Twelve. The Time of the Kingfish, 1924-1935 278
Chapter Thirteen. The Struggle to Catch Up 1877-1935
Suggested Readings 318
Part Four 321
By Michael L. Kurtz
Chapter Fourteen. Corruption, Reform, and Reaction, 1936-1950 323
Chapter Fifteen. Reform and Race, 1950-1960 348
Chapter Sixteen. The Decline of Racism, 1960-1972 373
Chapter Seventeen. The Era of Edwin Edwards 1972-1987 390
Chapter Eighteen. Contemporary Louisiana 1987-2007 414
Suggested Readings 472
Appendix I. 475
Appendix II. 478
Appendix III. 484