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In this, her fifth book in the series describing past decades in New Orleans' history, local author and historian Mary Lou Widmer offers readers unique glimpses into the turbulent and triumphal 1960s.
The decade of the sixties was one that confounded America like no period before. It ushered in a time of social change and tension. In New Orleans, this period was visible in the city's skyline as the face of New Orleans began to change. Tourism became a major concern, construction on the Superdome began, some of the biggest buildings were built, and the Saints came marching in.
Packed with photographs and reminiscences of an important decade in the evolution of this American metropolis, New Orleans in the Sixties is a unique accomplishment that will interest both residents and lovers of the Crescent City.
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As Jerry Romig writes in the foreword, "Charles Dickens would have loved New Orleans in the sixties! [It was] the 'best of times, the worst of times'."
The city mourned, along with the nation, the death of a president, and celebrated when we put a man on the moon. Hurricane Betsy ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, and the public schools were integrated. It was the time of Super Krewes and micro-minis, of the war in Vietnam, of the flower children in Audubon Park. This was radio's heyday, when Frankie Ford ruled the airwaves.
Mary Lou Widmer's uniquely personal view of the sixties presents this recent history in a way that brings back fond memories on a long walk down memory lane.
Packed with photographs and reminiscences of this important decade in the evolution of the city, New Orleans in the Sixties is a unique accomplishment that will interest residents, as well as lovers, of the Crescent City.
Mary Lou Widmer is a native New Orleanian. She has served as president of the South Louisiana Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and has written several articles for New Orleans publications. Widmer is the author of New Orleans in the Twenties, New Orleans in the Thirties, New Orleans in the Forties, and New Orleans in the Fifties, all published by Pelican.
Novels by Mary Lou Widmer include: Night Jasmine, Beautiful Crescent, and Lace Curtain.From the Back Cover:
The 1960s were a time of tremendous social, political, and economic change. New Orleans was no exception, and the decade brought tremendous changes to the city--even the skyline began to change.
From the integration of public schools in 1961 to the role of New Orleanians in the first manned moon landing in 1969, from a hurricane named Betsy to the Super Krewes, New Orleans in the Sixties shows in vivid pictorial style how the Crescent City was then.
Mary Lou Widmer has authored this acclaimed series of books that looks into New Orleans's past in a way that is at once personal and historic. Previous books in the series are: New Orleans in the Twenties, New Orleans in the Thirties, New Orleans in the Forties, and New Orleans in the Fifties. All are published by Pelican.
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Book Description Pelican Publishing. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1565547187 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW33.1277911
Book Description Pelican Publishing, 2000. Condition: Brand New. New. Seller Inventory # A63979