Race, Class, and Culture in New Orleans, 1700-1940

Two teaching modules for the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative, 2021

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This project was generously funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation's Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative, based at MIT.  The modules examine the evolution of the urban landscape and built environment of New Orleans amid the global movement of diverse groups and changing conceptions of race in the "New World." We pay particular attention to how New Orleans changes architecturally, socially, and culturally as it transforms from a Native American fishing and hunting ground to a French colonial outpost to a Creole town to an American metropolis. At root are key questions about the encounter and conflict of ideas about race, architecture, empire, and town building as these diffuse into (and in turn shape) continental space.

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