A Gig: HNOC Symposium

This one is dissertation-related, and pretty cool. The Historic New Orleans Collection is having a daylong symposium on the Territorial period in Louisiana, to go along with the forthcoming Territorial period exhibit, Between Colony and State — and they’ve asked none other than Me to present a half-hour talk on the subject of “Americans in Territorial New Orleans.”  More formally, it’s the 15th Annual Williams Research Center Symposium and a great privilege for me; I owe the invitation to Erin Greenwald, or Mark Fernandez, or both. The gig is on Saturday, January 30th.

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A Gig: HIS377

This is a paying gig, and sorely needed. This past spring, I precepted two sections for Rebecca Rix’s History 377: The Gilded Age and Progressive Era; now I am helping Rebecca develop multimedia content to enhance the course. This is a natural gig for me both because of some of the things I developed for my own students during the course of the semester, and because of my past experience developing online courses at Skidmore. The Graduate School allows me to work up to 20 hours a week while collecting my stipend; and, until Lisa gets a job, I’m going to try and use a fair number of those hours, since we need the bread.

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Back in Business

Well, since the last post in this blog, on June 11th, just about ten weeks have passed in total silence (silence as far as Crescent City Confidential is concerned, not silence in general). During this span, I have done a number of things–most importantly as far as this blog is concerned, I have relocated to the eponymous Crescent City itself.

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The Lowdown on Louisiana Courts, 1803-1822

A first step to understanding Louisiana’s complex legal history in my period is simply understanding which Courts were operative where and when. This is a much more confusing matter than you might think. Most of the court records of the Territorial and early State periods are held by the City Archives division of the New Orleans Public Library.  The NOPL also includes Online Indexes to many of the available court records. These are extremely useful; however, they don’t explain, clearly and in one place, what all the various Courts were, when they existed, and what their jurisdiction was; that is the purpose of this post. Here then is a list of Courts with brief, clear explanations:

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