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New Orleans Saints, Sinners and Secrets

Program Number: 18497RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/10/2013 - 11/15/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Price starting at: $897.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Philosophy & Religion; Arts, Misc.
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; None    

America’s most colorful city has been the home of an amazing cast of characters for three centuries, a place of contrasts, conflicts and contradictions where religion and depravity, goodness and immorality, saints and sinners all have coexisted. Get acquainted with the long line of residents who have made New Orleans special. Visit sacred places to hear tales of the faithful, tread in the footsteps of the first free Americans of color, follow the infamous to the scenes of their crimes and walk with ghosts in moonlit cemeteries. Local experts set the scenes in which these players were cast and convey the resilience of a remarkable city.


• Pay visits to the city’s sacred places, including the oldest Jewish house of worship in America outside the original 13 colonies and St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in North America
• As you learn about the "sinners" who have operated in New Orleans’ shadows, visit the Dueling Oaks to see where the city’s many “affaires d’honneur” were settled.
• Spend a day exploring New Orleans’ bizarre and magical side, from a haunted history walk in the French Quarter to a visit to the Tomb of Marie Laveau.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to a few blocks at a time, some uneven terrain, stairs in historic buildings.

Date Specific Information


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New Orleans

The Crescent City is among the United States' most unique and colorful cities, owing in part to the various heritages and cultures that influenced its growth over the past 300 years, including Cajun, Creole and French, a rich blend apparent in everything from the city’s architecture and cuisine, to its dialects and corner cafés.

Comfortable hotel with outdoor swimming pool six blocks from the French Quarter.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown
  New Orleans, Louisiana 5 nights
 Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The first sounds of jazz were heard in the dance halls on the very blocks surrounding the hotel. Magnificent jazz murals commemorating this historic neighborhood including a 150-foot clarinet mural...New Orleans newest landmark! The hotel, in the heart of downtown, is 6 blocks from the French Quarter. True Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home while still close to all the action. Multi-lingual staff.
  Contact info: 330 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112 USA
phone: 504-581-1600
  Room amenities: Bathtub/Shower Hairdryer Iron/Ironing Board Coffee and Tea Maker Hairdryer Refrigerator Microwave oven Cable / Satellite TV In Room Movies - Pay Per View In Room Movies - Premium Cable Stereo Work Desk w/ Lamp Phone / Fax Speaker Phone Free Local Phone Calls
  Facility amenities: Outdoor Pool Health/Fitness Center On-Site ATM/Cash Machine Business Center (staffed between 8am-5pm) Concierge Services Dry Cleaning Pickup On-site Guest Self Laundry Facilities Ice Machine Newsstand Porter/Bellman Room Service Safes in each room
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $129 + tax/some dates higher Price of rooms for additional nights dependent on time of year and availability. Price is not guaranteed and is subject to change by the hotel.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $129 + tax/some dates higher Price of rooms for additional nights dependent on time of year and availability. Price is not guaranteed and is subject to change by the hotel.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in: Sunday 3:30 pm. If you arrive earlier you can check in if your room is available. Bellmen will store your luggage until your room is ready. Registration:3:45 pm. Orientation: 4:15-6:00 You will be staying at Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast is 7:00-8:30 am. Lecture: 8:30-11am. Take away lunch provided: 11am (or you may eat with group in hotel). Hotel checkout: Noon. Bellmen will store luggage if you are leaving later. You will be staying at Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
425 Parking Spaces. Regular Daily Parking Fee: $15.00 plus tax - special negotiated daily rate for Road Scholar $8 plus tax. Covered, indoor garage attached to hotel. Garage is a self-park and lock facility. Bus and RV parking also available for a fee.
To Start of Program
  Location:  New Orleans, Louisiana
  Nearest highway: Interstate 10
  Nearest airport:  Louis Armstrong International Airport-(MSY)
  From End of Program
  Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Union Passenger Terminal New Orleans


From Train Station




multiple taxis


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


5-10 minutes 




1 mile


Louis Armstrong Airport (Moisant Field-MSY)


From Airport




multiple taxis


Per Person/One Way:


$33 for one or two passengers-$14 for passenger for 3 or more
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes 




15 Miles



Louis Armstrong Airport (Moisant Field-MSY)


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
New Orleans Airport Shuttle
phone: 866-596-2699 xTollFree


Per Person/One Way:


$38 round trip per person $20 one way per person
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes 




15 miles



Driving Directions
  Holiday Inn From East 1. Merge onto I-10 west. 2. Follow I-10 west and exit at Canal Street. 3. Turn right on Cleveland Street. 4. Go 7 blocks to the end of Cleveland Street. 5. Turn right on Elk Place. Holiday Inn is located 2 blocks on the left.
  Holiday Inn From West 1. Follow I-10 East 2. Merge onto U S90-W toward the Superdome(it will be on your left-looks like a space ship) 3. Take the Loyola Avenue exit-it will be on your right 4. Veer left as you exit-this will be Earhart Blvd. 5. From Earhart veer to the left onto Loyola Ave- go 3 blocks- you will be at Loyola and Poydras. 6. Cross Poydras and continue straight for 2 more blocks on Loyola-look for the giant clarinet on the side of the building-that will be the Holiday Inn. Turn right into the parking lot.
Elevation Note: Totally flat terrain

Equipment Requirements: No equipment
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Opening Presentation
(Sunday, November 10)
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:30pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation.

ORIENTATION: 4:15pm. We will begin with introductions followed by an informative overview of the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: Enjoy a tasty meal in the hotel's Streetcar Restaurant with classic New Orleans and innovative American cuisine in a setting enhanced by original art works
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Saints, Sinners, and Secrets. America’s most colorful city has been the home of an amazing cast of characters for three centuries. From ritual dances of the original Chitimacha inhabitants through the ceremonies and indulgences of succeeding waves of French, Spanish, English, Americans, German, Irish, Italians, and more down to our own time, New Orleans has always been a place of contrasts, conflicts, and contradictions. Religion and depravity, goodness and immorality, saints and sinners all have co-existed here, sometimes within the same people such as the blend of spiritual influences in Marie Laveau, notorious as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans who was also a devout Catholic. We hope your head won’t spin, but your eyes will be opened!
Accommodations: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Saintly Influences and Sacred Spaces, Ursuline Convent, St. Louis Cathedral, Touro Synagogue, Fr. Seelos Shrine, Old Mortuary Chapel, and "Madam" Josie Arlington
(Monday, November 11)
 Breakfast: The hotel's buffet breakfast offers multiple choices to please your palate.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Saintly Influences and Sacred Spaces. We will highlight remarkable tales of the faithful and their spiritual power and influence during crucial times for New Orleans and its people. Learn how residents preserve and revere these guardians of the city.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Sacred Spaces. Our first stop is the Old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter, oldest building in the Mississippi Valley and the oldest example of French colonial architecture. The first 12 Ursulines arrived here from France in 1727, known as “casket girls” for the wooden cases containing their possessions.

Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France: This grand title identifies the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the U.S. -- established as a parish in 1720 -- and one of the city’s most notable landmarks, a cultural and architectural treasure.

Touro Synagogue is named for Judah Touro, a wealthy merchant-trader and son of Isaac Touro who founded America’s oldest synagogue in Newport, RI. Touro in New Orleans is the oldest Jewish house of worship outside the original 13 colonies, dating back to the 1820s.

St. Mary’s Assumption Church, the first German Catholic Church in Louisiana, houses the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, beatified in 2000. Fr. Seelos came to New Orleans in 1866, but the very next year contracted yellow fever and died. During that short time, he took on the hardest tasks and did the most penance, with miracles attributed to his intercession both during his life and after his death.

The Old Mortuary Chapel is the city’s oldest original church still standing, built as a place to bury victims of the annual Yellow Fever season (July-December), epidemic in New Orleans through much of the 19th Century. It is now the official chapel of the New Orleans Police and Fire Departments.

 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Legacies of New Orleans. Learn about the lives and legacy of free people of color, philanthropists and businessmen, the impact of Plessy vs. Ferguson, and more.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Villains and Vamps, Dueling Oaks, Dinner & Evening on Your Own
(Tuesday, November 12)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Villains and Vamps. Without darkness, there is no light, and vice-versa. New Orleans has no shortage of unsavory characters and criminals who have operated in the shadows. Learn about some of the city's most despicable bad guys…and gals…from the infamous 1830s socialite-serial killer Delphine LaLaurie to the local version of Jack the Ripper, The Axeman. The police themselves have been touched by scandal. And the Mafia? Some say it is gone, while others insist New Orleans still has one of the most powerful crime families in the country, surviving Carlos Marcello who -- some speculate -- played a role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Dueling Oaks. Long before it became City Park, these grounds -- once part of an old plantation -- were notorious as a place where duels were fought. More “affaires d’honneur” were fought in New Orleans than any other city. While sometimes the outcome of serious insults, they could erupt from any perceived affront to a Creole gentleman’s pride. Weapons ranged from swords and sabers to pistols and more. A local newspaper reported, “Between 1834 and 1844 scarcely a day passed without duels being fought at the Oaks.” While dignity could be satisfied with the first blood drawn, many of these crimes of honor ended with one of the combatants being carried away for burial.

Take the remainder of the afternoon to explore on your own and become better acquainted with the French Quarter and its many charms, or use the vouchers provided to attend selected museums. You will have many options to choose from.

 Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. If you have a special restaurant in mind, we recommend you make reservations in advance.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: You may return to the hotel after dinner to relax or stay out and explore. If you like jazz, there are many clubs to choose from; you will also have a voucher for Preservation Hall. Or, just stroll along Bourbon Street to see some of the sights that may shock or amaze you. (As in any major city, always be on the lookout for your personal well being.)
Accommodations: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Ghosts, Vampires & Voodoo, Tomb of Marie Laveau, Voodoo Musuem, Haunted History Walk
(Wednesday, November 13)

Note: Haunted history walk in French Quarter will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Vampires, Voodoo and Ghosts. New Orleans after dark is when the bizarre, scary, edgy, mystical, and magical aspects of the city awake. Is the French Quarter really haunted? What is the origin of Jazz Funerals? Our local expert will explore the "unusual suspects" from Marie Laveau to Anne Rice and much more.
 Lunch: Lunch today at a French Quarter restaurant with its own ghost!
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Tomb of Marie Laveau, St. Louis Cemetary #1. Marie Laveau was born a free woman of color. She later worked as a hairdresser and gained notoriety and influence for the power of her “gris-gris” (a mixture of white and black magic = “gris” or gray). Reports from the time indicate her approach to magic merged Roman Catholic beliefs and saints with African concepts and spirits. There is no question that she transformed the Haitian practice of “voudon” into New Orleans voodoo and made it a successful business for herself -- regarded as religion by some and entertainment by others. Paradoxically, or maybe not, Marie Laveau was also a devout Catholic who attended daily mass at St. Louis Cathedral. Her reputed tomb is a place of pilgrimage for those who still believe in her powers.

FIELD TRIP continues: New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. This small museum is one of the most fascinating anywhere. Hear a brief presentation on voodoo itself -- a three-tiered spiritual system from West Africa based on an omnipotent God, spirits, and ancestors -- and the forms and features of “gris-gris” relating to love and romance, power and domination, luck and finance, and uncrossing or undoing hexes.

 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: WALKING FIELD TRIP: Haunted History Walk in the French Quarter. Get ready for thrills, chills, laughs, secrets revealed, and surprises.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning lecture,lunch on your own, dinner
(Thursday, November 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly – Politicians. These characters are so incredible they deserve a program all their own. As a noted professor of history once said, “Louisiana has never required more of her politicians than that they steal with flair!” In particular, New Orleans' reputation for corrupt politicians is well documented and often true. Learn about their campaigns, their dalliances, their habits, their legacies, the occasional exceptions, and what might have been in this entertaining lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Use vouchers for museums or visit on your own the D-Day Museum, Museum of Southern Art, free ferry, or Natchez Steamboat. Or, attend a great musical lecture-performance at the National Jazz Park/ Or, enjoy free time to do more exploring on your own. So many possibilities!
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.
 Evening: Return to hotel -- tired but full of impressions and ideas!
Accommodations: Holiday Inn New Orleans Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Morning lecture. Program ends with lunch to go.
(Friday, November 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.
 Morning: Lecture:The Spirit of New Orleans. We’ve surveyed the saints, the sinners, and learned some secrets. We conclude with a discussion of the most important spirit of all, the spirit of the city and its people who have experienced triumphs and tragedies for generations. In particular, learn about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, how New Orleans got its mojo back, and what is still being done. Last and certainly not least, catch up with THE New Orleans Saints and trace their passage from the days of “The Ain’ts” to their historic Super Bowl championship in 2009.
 Lunch: Your program concludes with lunch to go.

We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
Aquarium of the Americas
Audubon Institute Insectarium
Audubon Zoo
Cafe du Monde
Free Ferry
Flea Market
French Market
Glassworks School
IMAX Theater
Mardi Gras World
Natchez Steamboat
St. Charles Streetcar
Beauregard-Keyes House
Faulkner House
Gallier House
Ursuline Convent
Louisiana State Museum (closed on Monday)
Confederate Museum
New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden
Musee Conti (Wax Museum)
St. Louis Cathedral
Voodoo Museum
World War II Museum
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Gazebo (daily jazz outdoors)
House of Blues
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
Maison Bourbon
Market Café (daily jazz outdoors)
Mid City Lanes Rock n Bowl
Mulate's (Cajun Dancing)
Palm Court Jazz Café
Pat O' Briens'
Patout's Cajun Corner
Preservation Hall
Snug Harbor
Spotted Cat
Contemporary Arts Center
Le Petit Theatre
Mahalia Jackson Perfoming Arts Center
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Suggested Reading List

A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau

Author: Carolyn Morrow Long

Description: Legendary for an unusual combination of spiritual power, beauty, charisma, showmanship, intimidation, and shrewd business sense, Marie Leveau also was known for her kindness and charity, nursing yellow fever victims and ministering to condemned prisoners, and her devotion to the Roman Catholic Church. In separating verifiable fact from semi-truths and complete fabrication, Carolyn Morrow Long explores the unique social, political, and legal setting in which the lives of Laveau’s African and European ancestors became intertwined in nineteenth-century New Orleans.

A Streetcar Named Desire

Author: Tennessee Williams

Description: Widely considered a landmark play, A Streetcar Named Desire deals with a culture clash between two characters, Blanche DuBois, a relic of the Old South, and Stanley Kowalski, a rising member of the industrial, urban working class. American playwright Tennessee Williams received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948.

Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans

Author: Professor Lawrence N. Powell

Description: This is the story of a city that shouldn't exist. In the seventeenth century, what is now America's most beguiling metropolis was nothing more than a swamp: prone to flooding, infested with snakes, battered by hurricanes. But through the intense imperial rivalries of Spain, France, and England, and the ambitious, entrepreneurial merchants and settlers from four continents who risked their lives to succeed in colonial America, this unpromising site became a crossroads for the whole Atlantic world. . Lawrence N. Powell, a decades-long resident and observer of New Orleans, gives us the full sweep of the city's history from its founding through Louisiana statehood in 1812. We see the Crescent City evolve from a French village, to an African market town, to a Spanish fortress, and finally to an Anglo-American center of trade and commerce. We hear and feel the mix of peoples, religions, and languages from four continents that make the place electric-and always on the verge of unraveling. The Accidental City is the story of land-jobbing schemes, stock market crashes, and nonstop squabbles over status, power, and position, with enough rogues, smugglers, and self-fashioners to fill a picaresque novel. Powell's tale underscores the fluidity and contingency of the past, revealing a place where people made their own history. This is a city, and a history, marked by challenges and perpetual shifts in shape and direction, like the sinuous river on which it is perched.

All the Kings Men

Author: Robert Penn Warren

Description: All the King's Men traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark, a fictional character loosely based on Governor Huey ""Kingfish"" Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success and caught between dreams of service and an insatiable lust for power.

Confederacy of Dunces

Author: John Kennedy Toole

Description: A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel written by American novelist John Kennedy Toole, published by Louisiana State University Press in 1980, eleven years after the author's suicide. The book, published through the efforts of writer Walker Percy (who also contributed a revealing foreword) and Toole's mother Thelma Toole, quickly became a cult classic, and later a mainstream success. Toole posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981. It is now considered a canonical work of modern Southern literature, in the USA. The title derives from the epigraph by Jonathan Swift: "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." The story is set in New Orleans in the early 1960s. The central character is Ignatius J. Reilly, an educated but slothful 30-year-old man still living with his mother in the city's Uptown neighborhood, who, due to an incident early in the book, must set out to get a job. In his quest for employment he has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters.

Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s (Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History)

Author: John Shelton Reed

Description: In the years following World War I, the New Orleans French Quarter attracted artists and writers with its low rents, faded charm, and colorful street life. By the 1920s Jackson Square had become the center of a vibrant if short-lived bohemia. A young William Faulkner and his roommate William Spratling, an artist who taught at Tulane University, resided among the ''artful and crafty ones of the French Quarter.'' In Dixie Bohemia John Shelton Reed introduces Faulkner's circle of friends--ranging from the distinguished Sherwood Anderson to a gender-bending Mardi Gras costume designer--and brings to life the people and places of New Orleans in the Jazz Age. A charming and insightful glimpse into an era, Dixie Bohemia describes the writers, artists, poseurs, and hangers-on in the New Orleans art scene of the 1920s and illuminates how this dazzling world faded as quickly as it began.

Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead (America's Haunted Road Trip)

Author: Kala Ambrose

Description: Join Kala Ambrose, your travel guide the other side, as she takes you back to her roots to discover the Spirits of New Orleans. As an intuitive child born in Louisiana, Kala Ambrose grew up exposed to a rich variety of cultures and influences. The city that had the strongest influence on Kala was New Orleans, the port city known for its bohemian lifestyle embracing art, music and spirituality. Spirits of New Orleans takes you behind the scenes with detailed information about each destination. As your travel guide to the other side, Kala shares travel tips in each chapter of the book listing the best places to stay, shop, dine and party while in New Orleans!

The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld

Author: Herbert Asbury

Description: Home to the notorious "Blue Book," which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city, New Orleans's infamous red-light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous in the world. But the New Orleans underworld consisted of much more than the local bordellos. It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sported one of the most violent records of street crime in the country. In The French Quarter, Herbert Asbury, author of The Gangs of New York, chronicles this rather immense underbelly of "The Big Easy." From the murderous exploits of Mary Jane "Bricktop" Jackson and Bridget Fury, two prostitutes who became famous after murdering a number of their associates, to the faux-revolutionary "filibusters" who, backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars of public support—though without official governmental approval—undertook military missions to take over the bordering Spanish regions in Texas, the French Quarter had it all. Once again, Asbury takes the reader on an intriguing, photograph-filled journey through a unique version of the American underworld.

The Haunted History of New Orleans: Ghosts of the French Quarter

Author: James Caskey

Description: This book chronicles one writer's journey to New Orleans, LA, and his quest to find the most haunted locations in the French Quarter. Tag along as he interviews eyewitnesses, historians, and tour guides in one of the most haunted cities in America, What mysterious secrets did he dig up in the dusty archives? Uncover some shocking facts about the Crescent City: how he encountered the wrath of a long-dead Voodoo Queen, had an amazing revelation about one of New Orleans' most famous haunted spots while standing at a Bourbon Street crossroads, and even got to experience his very own haunting, right in the middle of an interview. The Haunted History of New Orleans is not simply a collection of ghost stories, but instead is an experiential search for truth: a quest which will take you into the darker side of history. This book examines the amazing amounts of tragedy in the Crescent City, from the founding right up to present day. Over 35 photos and illustrations!

Why New Orleans Matters

Author: Tom Piazza

Description: In the aftermath of Katrina and the disaster that followed, promises were made, forgotten, and renewed. Now what will become of New Orleans in the years ahead? What do this proud, battered city and its people mean to America and the world? Award-winning author and longtime New Orleans resident Tom Piazza illuminates the storied culture and uncertain future of this great and neglected American metropolis by evoking the sensuous rapture of the city that gave us jazz music and Creole cooking; examining its deep undercurrents of corruption, racism, and injustice; and explaining how its people endure and transcend those conditions. And, perhaps most important, he asks us all to consider the spirit of this place and all the things it has shared with the world: its grace and beauty, resilience and soul.

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