The French Quarter

The French Quarter

Description

Home to the notorious "Blue Book," which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city, New Orleans's infamous red-light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous in the world. But the New Orleans underworld consisted of much more than the local bordellos. It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sported one of the most violent records of street crime in the country. In The French Quarter, Herbert Asbury, author of The Gangs of New York, chronicles this rather immense underbelly of "The Big Easy." From the murderous exploits of Mary Jane "Bricktop" Jackson and Bridget Fury, two prostitutes who became famous after murdering a number of their associates, to the faux-revolutionary "filibusters" who, backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars of public support--though without official governmental approval--undertook military missions to take over the bordering Spanish regions in Texas, the French Quarter had it all. Once again, Asbury takes the reader on an intriguing, photograph-filled journey through a unique version of the American underworld.


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Details

Author(s)
Herbert Asbury
Format
Paperback | 512 pages
Dimensions
140 x 210 x 38mm | 417g
Publication date
27 Feb 2003
Publisher
Thunder's Mouth Press
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
ISBN10
1560254947
ISBN13
9781560254942
Bestsellers rank
624,281