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Author and Cuban Musicologist Ned Sublette Talks About His New Book

Date: 03/18/2008
With a unique culture born of a strange and tragic past, New Orleans remains one of the most elusive of American cities. This mysterious swamp town, so recently devastated, has a complex cultural inheritance, which this new, definitive history meticulously explores. Ned Sublette offers a detailed account of the myriad threads that weave the complex history of one of the most remarkable cities on the globe. Focused on New Orleans' first century, it outlines the political and cultural development of Louisiana in the context of the clash of three empires, the exploration of the American frontier, the spread of slavery and the revolutions in France, the United States and Haiti. The World That Made New Orleans (Lawrence Hill Books, an imprint of the Chicago Review Press, 2008), also explores the profound impact on New Orleans culture of the tens of thousands of slaves from a multitude of African ethnicities--both then and now. Jazz funerals date from the Kongo tradition of dancing at funerals, and the Sunday gatherings in Congo Square are of unparalleled importance in the history of African American music. Event Details: 7 pm at Portland State Library 1875 SW Park Avenue Wednesday, April 9, 2008 For more information, please write to artistsandwriters@pdx.edu or call 503.725.4552.

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