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New Orleans Sports: Playing Hard in the Big Easy
by Thomas Aiello
University of Arkansas Press, 2019
eISBN: 978-1-61075-670-9 | Paper: 978-1-68226-100-2
Library of Congress Classification GV584.5.N38N48 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 796.0976335

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
New Orleans has long been a city fixated on its own history and culture. Founded in 1718 by the French, transferred to the Spanish in the 1763 Treaty of Paris, and sold to the United States in 1803, the city’s culture, law, architecture, food, music, and language share the influence of all three countries. This cultural mélange also manifests in the city’s approach to sport, where each game is steeped in the city’s history.

Tracing that history from the early nineteenth century to the present, while also surveying the state of the city’s sports historiography, New Orleans Sports places sport in the context of race relations, politics, and civic and business development to expand that historiography—currently dominated by a text that stops at 1900—into the twentieth century, offering a modern examination of sports in the city.
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