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. --