Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Since we're going to be talking a lot about ways in which the city cleaved along racial lines in the 20th century, it might actually make sense to start here, at our destination in the 1990s.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A movie my students made

Here is a student film from my First Year Seminar last spring. We'll use it as a jumping off point for discussion.

Beauregard-Keyes House Massacre from Casey Wilkes on Vimeo.

Also, I'm going to show images from www.shorpy.com

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Calendar for the rest of the semester

We have 4 weeks left. Here are the highlights: After turning in the third essay on Tuesday, we will discuss the second-to-last short reading section of Bienville's Dilemma. I suspect a lot of you have not yet started reading Carnival of Fury. I expect a spirited discussion of the first six chapters come Thursday 11/18.  

The final segment of our class is going to focus on twentieth century New Orleans as a product of nineteenth century legacies. 

A VERY IMPORTANT DEADLINE to me is 11/22. I WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING WITH YOUR RESEARCH BY THEN. What do I mean by a "draft outline?" If you could give me a paragraph explaining the basic idea of your essay. Alternatively, a short outline. Alternative to that, a list of four or six or however main points that you will address in your research essay. I think it is important that you have some plan or confront the fact that you have no plan *yet* before you head out for Thanksgiving. If you aren't going to be here on the 22nd (for some reason) be sure you set up an appointment to see me individually. Whatever you do, don't let that deadline pass.

Week 12: Segregated New Orleans
T 11/16: BD: 174-185: TURN IN TEST 3
R 11/18: Carnival of Fury Chap. 1-6

Week 13
T 11/22: BD: 219-224 / Turn in draft outline of essay / Carnival of Fury Chap. 7-10
R 11/24 – Thanksgiving Break

Week 14
T 11/29: Turn in TEST 4 / BD: 185-193
R 12/2: All on Mardi Gras Day, Chap. 8 (on Blackboard)

Week 15
T 12/7: CNO: Chap. 6 / Turn in rough draft of essay
R 12/9: Lords of Misrule, Chap x (on Blackboard), Receive Test 5 questions

(Final Exam Day): Turn in Test 5 / submit final essay in electronic form.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Essay 3: Transformations

Your third "petit test" essay will require you to discuss the transformations that the Civil War and Reconstruction unleashed in New Orleans. There is a lot to work with here. Race, politics, culture, economics, demographics, and ethnicity all come to mind.

Thus, your task is a straightforward one: Write an essay that elaborates upon the transformations witnessed in New Orleans between 1860 and 1900. Include as much material as you possibly can within an 1800 word limit. This will again be an exercise in concise writing. Be precise with your words. No fluff allowed!

Due: Thursday, 2/11 in class.