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    DescriptionNamed one of the Top 10 Books of 2008 by "The Times-Picayune." Winner of the 2009 Humanities Book of the Year award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Awarded the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for 2008. New Orleans is the most elusive of American cities. The product of the centuries-long struggle among three mighty empires--France, Spain, and England--and among their respective American colonies and enslaved African peoples, it has always seemed like a foreign port to most Americans, baffled as they are by its complex cultural inheritance. "The World That Made New Orleans "offers a new perspective on this insufficiently understood city by telling the remarkable story of New Orleans's first century--a tale of imperial war, religious conflict, the search for treasure, the spread of slavery, the Cuban connection, the cruel aristocracy of sugar, and the very different revolutions that created the United States and Haiti. It demonstrates that New Orleans already had its own distinct personality at the time of Louisiana's statehood in 1812. By then, important roots of American music were firmly planted in its urban swamp--especially in the dances at Congo Square, where enslaved Africans and African Americans appeared en masse on Sundays to, as an 1819 visitor to the city put it, "rock the city." This book is a logical continuation of Ned Sublette's previous volume, "Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo," which was highly praised for its synthesis of musical, cultural, and political history. Just as that book has become a standard resource on Cuba, so too will "The World That Made New Orleans "long remain essential for understanding the beautiful and tragic story of this most American of cities.

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    The World That Made New Orleans
    From Spanish Silver to Congo Square
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ned Sublette
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 360
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9781556527302
    ISBN 10: 1556527306

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
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    DC21: 976.335
    B&T Approval Code: A14500000
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    BISAC V2.8: MUS000000
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    LC classification: F379.N55 S83 2008
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Lawrence Hill Books
    Imprint name
    Lawrence Hill Books
    Publication date
    01 January 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Ned Sublette is the author of "Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo." Cofounder of the record label Qbadisc, he coproduced the public radio program "Afropop Worldwide" for seven years. A writer, record producer, and musician, he lives in New York City.""
    Review quote
    "With great detail and talented telling, Sublette especially chronicles the paths slaves took to New Orleans and how those paths led to the city's personality today." --"The Tampa Tribune"