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Book Discussion and Launch Party for “The West Bank of Greater New Orleans: A Historical Geography” by Richard Campanella
Registration for this Zoom webinar is full! Watch the live stream on the Preservation Resource Center’s Facebook Page at 6 pm Central Time.
Join the Preservation Resource Center and Octavia Books in celebrating the release of Richard Campanella’s newest book, “The West Bank of Greater New Orleans: A Historical Geography.” This event will include a live talk by Campanella.
Purchase a copy of the book at Octavia Books.
Book Description: The West Bank has been a vital part of greater New Orleans since the city’s inception, serving as its breadbasket, foundry, shipbuilder, railroad terminal, train manufacturer and even livestock hub. At one time, it was the Gulf South’s St. Louis, boasting a diversified industrial sector as well as a riverine, mercantilist and agricultural economy. Today, the mostly suburban West Bank is proud but not pretentious, pleasant if not prominent, and a distinct, affordable alternative to the more famous neighborhoods of the East Bank.
Richard Campanella is the first to examine the West Bank holistically, as a legitimate subregion with its own story to tell. No other part of greater New Orleans has more diverse yet deeply rooted populations: folks who speak in local accents, who exhibit longstanding cultural traits, and, in some cases, who maintain family ownership of lands held since antebellum times — even as immigrants settle here in growing numbers. Campanella demonstrates that West Bankers have had great agency in their own place-making, and he challenges the notion that their story is subsidiary to a more important narrative across the river.