A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans

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University of California Press, 2003 - History - 283 pages
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"New Orleans' Mississippi levee, as Kelman explains in this fascinating study, is more than a pile of dirt. It is the key to unraveling the historical dialectic between a great river and an essentially amphibious city. It is also the monumental space of New Orleans' past, where dark plots and heroic dreams remain forever entangled."--Mike Davis, author of Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster

"Kelman has written a pioneering environmental history of the evolving relationship between one of the nation's oldest and most exceptional cities, New Orleans, and our greatest river, the Mississippi. For New Orleans, the river offered challenges and opportunities alike, providing the lifeblood of the city's commerce and a signature symbol of its identity even as it also brought floods, disease, and death. It is a fascinating story."--William Cronon, author of Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

"Kelman makes elegant sense of a story as tangled as the Louisiana bayous and tells his tale with a verve to rival that of New Orleans itself. A strong addition to American environmental history."--John R. McNeill, author of Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World
  

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Excellent academic account of how New Orleans was shaped by its geographic site on the Mississippi River - politically, environmentally, and literally. Plenty of well-told stories likely to amaze local history fans. Read full review

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Page 260 - THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN MAINTAINING THE PUBLIC RIGHT TO THE BEACH OF THE MISSISSIPPI, ADJACENT TO NEW ORLEANS, AGAINST THE INTRUSION OF EDWARD LIVINGSTON.
Page 260 - An answer to Mr. Jefferson's Justification of his conduct in the case of the New Orleans Batture by Edward Livingston (1813), in Hall's American Law Journal, Vol.
Page 260 - Orleans; the Memoire of Mr. Derbigny; an Examination of the Title of the United States; the Opinion of Counsel thereon; and a Number of Other Documents.

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Ari Kelman is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis.

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