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New Orleans Times-Picayune -- Special Report
A special five-part report, published in 2002, on the vulnerability of New Orleans to hurricane damage
New Orleans Times-Picayune -- Archive of Katrina Coverage
Archives of Hurricane Katrina coverage from the local newspaper that won the 2006 Pulitzer Awards for Public Service and Breaking News for its reporting on the disaster.
Louisiana State Museum
Learn more about topics in Louisiana history on the Web site of the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans. The site features online exhibits and a large collection of audio, video and photographic artifacts.
Greetings From New Orleans
The Web site of photographer Justin Lundgren describes his art project that involves photos, prose, the kindness of strangers and the U.S. postal service.
The official site of the Louis Armstrong House & Archives has biographical information and streaming personal recordings made by the jazz legend.
New Orleans after the Flood: Photographs by Robert Polidori
Robert Polidori travelled to New Orleans and took pictures of the city following Hurricane Katrina. His photographs as well as an audio commentary by the artist can be found on the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Explore the history of jazz. Hear great moments in jazz recordings, read biographies of jazz greats, a timeline and much more on this companion Web site to the PBS series.
Kate Chopin: A Re-awakening
Find a chronology of New Orleans writer Kate Chopin and e-texts of her novel The Awakening and short stories.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Explore segregation from the end of the Civil War to the dawn of the modern civil rights movement on this companion Web site to the PBS series.
Eyes on the Prize
Read about the civil rights movement, watch video clips, listen to music and peruse hundreds of photographs from 1954-1985.
See film footage of that the Mississippi River flood of 1927 and compare that flood with the 1993 flood. The site chronicles the natural disaster in 1927 Mississippi that pit white landowners against their African American tenant farmers.
Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Watch the TV program or see mini-documentaries on topics in the history of Reconstruction. Explore primary sources and hear historians discuss the important issues of the period.
Web Sites | Books
For works of fiction about New Orleans by writers based in the area, see Writing New Orleans.
Barry, John M. Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
Blassingame, John. Black New Orleans 1860-1880. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1973.
Codrescu, Andrei. New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writing from the City. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books, 2006.
Codrescu, Andrei. The Muse is Always Half-Dressed in New Orleans. New York: Picador USA, 1995.
Collins, Carvel, editor. William Faulkner: New Orleans Sketches. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002.
Colton, Craig E. An Unnatural Metropolis. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005.
Desdunes, Rodolphe Lucien. Our People and Our History: Fifty Creole Portraits. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2001.
Dickinson, Joy. Haunted City: An Unauthorized Guide to the Magical, Magnificent New Orleans of Anne Rice. Secaucus, New Jersey: Carol Publishing Group, 1998.
Flake, Carol. New Orleans: Behind the Masks of America's Most Exotic City. New York: Grove Press, 1994.
Garvey, Joan B. and Mary Lou Widmer. Beautiful Crescent: A History of New Orleans. New Orleans: Garmer Press, 1983.
Geertz, Clifford. The Interpretation of Cultures. New York: Basic Books, 1973.
Gill, James. Lords of Misrule: Mardi Gras and the Politics of Race in New Orleans. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1997.
Hirsch, Arnold R. and Logsdon, Joseph, editors. Creole New Orleans: Race and Americanization. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1992.
Holditch, Kenneth and Richard Freeman Leavitt. Tennessee Williams and the South. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002.
Huber, Leonard V. New Orleans: A Pictorial History. New York: Bonanza Books, 1980.
Kelman, Ari. A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans. Berkeley and Los Angeles, California: University of California Press, 2003.
Kmen, Henry A. Music in New Orleans: The Formative Years, 1791-1841. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1966.
Larson, Susan. The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1999.
Leverich, Lyle. Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams. New York: Crown Publishers, 1995.
Lewis, Peirce. New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape. Charlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia Press, 2003.
Lomax, Alan. Mister Jelly Roll. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1950 and 2001.
McKinney, Louise. New Orleans: A Cultural and Literary History. New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2006.
Medley, Keith Weldon. We As Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 2003.
Mitchell, Reid. All on a Mardi Gras Day. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999.
Olsen, Otto H., editor. The Thin Disguise: Turning Point in Negro History. New York: Humanities Press, 1967.
Roach, Joseph. Cities of the Dead. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.
Rogers, Kim Lacy. Righteous Lives: Narratives of the New Orleans Civil Rights Movement. New York: New York University Press, 1993.
Rose, Al. Storyville, New Orleans. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1978.
Scott, Rebecca J. Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba After Slavery. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2005.
Searight, Sarah. New Orleans. New York: Stein and Day, 1973.
Sinclair, Harold. The Port of New Orleans. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1942.
Toole, John Kennedy. A Confederacy of Dunces. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1980.
Ward, Geoffrey C. and Ken Burns. Jazz: A History of America's Music. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.
Williams, Tennessee. Vieux Carré with introduction by Robert Bray. New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2000.
Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States. New York: Harper and Row, 1980.
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