Harriet Martineau, Saxe Weimar, and numerous other antebellum writers described New Orleans free women of color as promiscuous, seductive characters who sought partnerships with wealthy white men so they could live a life of leisure. Indeed,…

In the early spring of 1859, 18-year-old Welsh cabin boy John Rowlands began to make his transformation in New Orleans into the African explorer Henry Morton Stanley. As he later claimed in his controversial and mistake-riddled autobiography, after…

Many myths are associated with the "Dueling Oaks." An 1892 Times-Democrat article noted that "Blood has been shed under the old cathedral aisles of nature. Between 1834 and 1844 scarcely a day passed without duels being fought at the Oaks. Why, it…