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Titel: A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans
Autor/en: Ari Kelman

ISBN: 0520234332
EAN: 9780520234338
First Edition, .
Sprache: Englisch.
UNIV OF CALIFORNIA PR

Mai 2006 - kartoniert - 283 Seiten

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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

Inhaltsverzeichnis

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Prologue: Nature's Highway to Market 1. A Batture Laid Out for the Particular Use of the Public 2. Human Genius, Organed with Machinery 3. The Necropolis of the South 4. Triumphs in the Cause of Advancement and Progress 5. An Act of God Epilogue: The Simple Needs of Automobiles Notes Works Cited Index

Portrait

Ari Kelman is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Denver.

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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"
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