Between the World Wars, New Orleans transformed its image from
that of a corrupt and sullied port of call into that of a national
tourist destination. Anthony J. Stanonis tells how boosters and
politicians reinvented the city to build a modern mass tourism
industry and, along the way, fundamentally changed the city's
cultural, economic, racial, and gender structure.
Stanonis looks at the importance of urban development, historic
preservation, taxation strategies, and convention marketing to New
Orleans' makeover and chronicles the city's efforts to domesticate
its jazz scene, "democratize" Mardi Gras, and stereotype local
blacks into docile, servile roles. He also looks at depictions of
the city in literature and film and gauges the impact on New
Orleans of white middle-class America's growing prosperity,
mobility, leisure time, and tolerance of women in public spaces
once considered off-limits.
Visitors go to New Orleans with expectations rooted in the
city's "past": to revel with Mardi Gras maskers, soak up the
romance of the French Quarter, and indulge in rich cuisine and hot
music. Such a past has a basis in history, says Stanonis, but it
has been carefully excised from its gritty context and scrubbed
clean for mass consumption.
Subjects: History, Political Science
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