Analysis Of Dr. Lawrence Powell's 'The Accidental City'
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From reading Dr. Lawrence Powell’s book, “The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans” I get a deeper understanding of the development of New Orleans and Louisiana itself. Being a native of New Orleans I did not expect to learn anything that I didn’t already know, but this book took me by surprise with the way Dr. Powell goes in depth of the initial foundation, growth, and conflicts in New Orleans. When the French “ruled” the city the main problem that the French faced were the fact of the substantial financial losses it brought and also the diversification of the people inhabiting New Orleans, which went against their initial plans for the city, Spain had problems with the Supreme Council that resided over the city during French rule which…show more content… With the French interested in the Mississippi and its vast waterways, they knew this river would be a main factor in the New World, the only problem was where to lay the initial foundation that would gain easier access to the River’s mouth, and thus New Orleans was “born”. Initially, the French planned for New Orleans to be one of “…. the most deliberately planned towns in all of North America.”(Pg 60.). Now in this case “planned” means structurally and culturally, a dream for a “New French Utopia” but this dream turned into a nightmare over time with the help of the diversification of the city. First, you have the first Generation of African slaves, Indians and Frenchmen who laid the foundation and the Creoles who implemented their own economy, form of politics, and social structure where significantly detrimental to France’s ambition for New Orleans, but in my opinion, it’s the “freedoms” the slaves that eventually cause the economy in New Orleans to…show more content… Powell’s piece of history I have to say I have a deeper understanding of where my city has come from and all the “battles” its inhabitants had to fight. During French rule the slaves found a way to better themselves a feel a part of the city in some way even though they had been oppressed, which ultimately stimulated the economy. The Spanish didn’t treat its inhabitants any better than the French, in the case of the Creoles, a group of persons who had been a part of the city ever since its founding, where threatened by Spanish tyranny and led to prominent Creole leaders to be sentenced to death, destroying a part of New Orleans culture. Finally, American control ties all these oppression together showing that through hard times and doubtfulness of the outside world, New Orleanais had the heart to stand next to Andrew Jackson and defend the city which they loved. All in all, this piece of history gives an inside look at the spirt of New Orleans and its inhabitants, one that is undying, just, and rowdy, but a spirit that one can call