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Re: A new look at the WPA - the FWP

These guides are from 300 to 500 pages and more. They are divided into sections. Two or more sections give the history of the state and major cities within the state. One section is composed of driving 'tours'. Field workers traveled the area, stopping at landmarks and towns along the way, speaking with locals and making notes on their findings. This section contains descriptions and histories of many of the known plantations and plantation owners.
There is an index of famous houses, battlefields and phibodaux.lantations, as well as a bibliography (additional state resources). A historical (state) timeline is quite interesting:

[1519] ... Alvarez de Pineda explores the Gulf Coast and reports the discovery of a great river (the Mississippi?)
[1735] ... Jean Louis, a sailor, dies, leaving his savings for the establishment of a Charity Hospital in New Orleans.
[1793] ... Pope Pius VI establishes the Diocese of Louisiana (second in the US)
[1795] ... Slave insurrection in Pointe Coupee parish [The Black Rebellion]
[1803] ... Louisiana (territory) purchased from France
[1804] ... Louisiana divided into the Territory of Orleans (south of 33°) and the District of Louisiana (north of 33°).
[1810] ... West Floridians rebel against Spain and take over Baton Rouge [West Florida Republic]
[1810] ... One of the first unions in the US is organized in New Orleans [typographical union].
[1837] ... Shreveport is founded
[1848] ... Baton Rouge resident Major General Zachary Taylor is elected President
[1849] ... Baton Rouge becomes the Capital city.
[1873] ... (Easter Sunday) Three white men and about 120 Negroes are killed in a race riot at Colfax.
[1873] ... Through train service between New Orleans and Chicago is established
[1883] ... Through train service, New Orleans-California begun
[1896] ... Free rural delivery route, second in the United States, is established at Thibodaux.
[1906] ... Louisiana College founded at pineville and Oil discovered in Caddo lake. Shreveport booms!

The last section is composed of sectional (state) maps.


Extracts from "Louisiana: A Guide to the State" reveal the types of information available in the (southern) series.

Tour 10
Natchez, Miss. -- St. Francisville -- Baton Rouge -- New Orleans (128.9 m., US 61)

Laurel Hill to St. Francisville
Woodhill Farm ... formerly part of Wakefield Plantation (Stirling).
Island Plantation [no longer standing]
Oak Grove (Dr. John Herford) - plantation house no longer standing
Rosale/Little Egypt plantation (Alexander Sterling/Robert Barrow)
Cedars Plantation House
The Cottage (Judge Thomas Butler)
Afton Villa (David Barrow)
Waverly (Dr. Henry Baines)
Greenwood (Dr. Samuel Flower / Butlers)
The Oaks
The Myrtles

St. Francisville to Baton Rouge
Oakley (Pirrie)
Fairview (Jesse Davis of Maryland)
Asphodel (Benjamin Kendrick)
Linwood (Gen. Albert G. Carter)

Baton Rouge to LaPlace (St. John the Baptist Parish)
The Cottage (Duncan)
Chatsworth (Duplantier, destroyed in 1930)
Mount Houmas Plantation
Linwood (Minor)
Belle Helene (Minor/Kenner)
The Hermitage Plantation (Bringier)
Bocage (Bringier)
Burnside (John S. Prestion of S.C.)
Tezcuco Plantation
Columb House
Welham Plantation House

... and more ...

¹American Guide Series Hanson, Harry, ed. Louisiana: A Guide to the State. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Library Commission, 1941. Originally compiled by the Federal Writers' Program of the Works Projects Administration of the State of Louisiana.

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