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An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward
by Caroline Gerdes


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Steeped in musical influence, racial dynamics, and culinary significance, the Ninth Ward has distinguished itself as one of New Orleans' most influential communities--so why is its history so often overlooked?

While many have heard of Ruby Bridges, most don't know about the McDonogh Three, who desegregated another Ninth Ward school on the same day.  Read more...


 
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More About An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward by Caroline Gerdes
 
 
 
Overview

Steeped in musical influence, racial dynamics, and culinary significance, the Ninth Ward has distinguished itself as one of New Orleans' most influential communities--so why is its history so often overlooked?

While many have heard of Ruby Bridges, most don't know about the McDonogh Three, who desegregated another Ninth Ward school on the same day. And when Hurricane Katrina threatened to displace its notable musicians, the Ninth Ward provided sanctuary with its modern Musicians' Village.

Extensively researched and carefully recorded, An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward features substantial, unique interviews with generations of residents to preserve the history of the district. Each source honestly evaluates discrimination, neighbors, poverty, and faith, delivering heartfelt and often harrowing insight into what it means to be from the Ninth Ward.

Readers will explore the community's changing population, from its inception as an immigrant borough that welcomed a majority African American community--and the stigmas it faced for doing so--to the encroaching gentrification by the hipster population. With each chapter chronicling one of the metaphorical and actual storms the area has weathered, this volume is a comprehensive record of history and folklore from the people who know the Ninth Ward best.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781455622634
  • ISBN-10: 145562263X
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 208


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