A fascinating glimpse of everyday life in New Orleans in the second and third decades of the nineteenth century.
--The Journal of Southern History

Raises key conceptual and methodical questions.
--Journal of American History

A first-rate guide to how New Orleans moved from one sort of place to becoming another place, from a mainly French enclave to a city that in its economy and culture was mostly American.
--American Historical Review

Equal parts a detective story and history book. . . . Fascinating.