The history of Louisiana is replete with many prominent personalities who were instrumental in guiding the social and political direction of the state through the portentous decades of the nineteenth century. This book undertakes an examination of a major contributor to events in Louisiana and in the South during the last century who has been largely overlooked by historians. Though some attention has been given to Duncan Farrar Kenner's Civil War exploit of undertaking a hazardous diplomatic mission to Europe during the war's final days in a last desperate attempt by the South to stave off defeat, this work is the first in-depth examination of his life and contributions.
There were individuals in Louisiana who rose for periods of time to greater levels of political and social influence; however, no other individual in nineteenth-century Louisiana sustained as high a position of influence for a longer period of time than Duncan Kenner. On first view his life appears to personify much of the glamorized "moonlight and magnolias" culture that has characterized so much of literature on the nineteenth-century South. However, this examination of Kenner reveals a far more capitalistic and multi-dimensional existence than the seigniorial lifestyle associated with the Southern planter.
The author offers the reader not only a fresh look at an important Louisianian of the past but also places Kenner within the perspective of his times.
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Craig A. Bauer is a native of New Orleans with a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. A member of the Louisiana Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, Bauer is also a charter member, board member, and past-president of the Jefferson Historical Society of Louisiana. Bauer has contributed numerous articles to scholarly journals and is the author of Creole Genesis: The Bringer Family and Antebellum Plantation Life in Louisiana (ULL Press, 2011). He is currently a professor of the History and Social Sciences at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans.
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Book Description Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0940984830
Book Description Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 0940984830 Good; Hardcover with Jacket; 1993, Center for Louisiana Studies; Former library copy with standard library markings; Jacket is intact under a moderately shelfworn jacket cover; Library stamps to endpapers; Text pages bright & unmarked; Good binding with straight spine; Green jacket with title in yellow lettering; 359 pages; "Leader Among Peers: The Life and Times of Duncan Farrar Kenner," by Craig Bauer. Bookseller Inventory # SKU-05601512248
Book Description Center for Louisiana Studies, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020940984830