to Louisiana: A
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on a link to the left to explore people and events in Louisiana’s
EPISODE ONE This
Affair of Louisiana Highlights include a look
at Louisiana's geography, especially the Mississippi River, as
a defining element of our history. The program explores the cultures
of Louisiana's first residents, the state's Native American tribes.
Also featured are the personalities and events of Louisiana's
Colonial Period, which left a lasting imprint on the state. Part
one ends with Napoleon selling Louisiana to the United States
for $15 million.
EPISODE TWO The
New Americans Louisiana becomes America's 18th state
in 1812 and begins to become a part of the fledgling nation. There
is also an examination of everyday life in Antebellum Louisiana
and the economic and cultural forces that drive the state to secede
from the Union.
EPISODE THREE War
On The Home Front This episode examines Louisiana's
role in the Civil War and the impact of this pivotal event on
the state and its people. The focus is on the war as it is fought
on Louisianas soil.
EPISODE FOUR The
Search for Order Reconstruction and the rebuilding
of our devastated state is viewed through the eyes of both whites
and African-Americans. The political, economic, and cultural growing
pains at the close of the 19th century are examined.
EPISODE FIVE The
Currents of Change Mississippi River flood
ravages Louisiana and is the impetus for the creation of a unified
levee system along the great river. The emergence of future governor
and U. S. Senator Huey Long changes Louisiana politics forever
and still affects the state six decades after his assassination.
His colorful and erratic younger brother Earl also serves three
terms as Governor, with some well-publicized visits to mental
institutions during his second term.
EPISODE SIX No
Story Is Ever Over The transformation of Louisiana's
economy from agriculture to industry, the civil rights movement
of the 1950s and 60s and Louisiana's place in the 21st century
are featured in the final episode of the series.