Title page for ETD etd-07072010-131821

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Mince, Sylvia Starns
Author's Email Address smince1@tigers.lsu.edu
URN etd-07072010-131821
Title The Power Struggle Between Americans and Creoles in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century and Its Influence on the Architecture of New Orleans
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Richardson, Miles E. Committee Chair
Brockway, William R. Committee Member
Keim, Barry D. Committee Member
Mathewson, Kent Committee Member
Bowman, Ruth L. Dean's Representative
  • Power Structures
  • Creoles
  • Nineteenth Century
  • New Orleans Architecture
Date of Defense 2010-05-19
Availability unrestricted
In the first half of the nineteenth century the house types of the landscape and the

footprint of New Orleans changed dramatically. Many of the changes can be attributed to the

influx of the refugees from Saint Domingue and the Americans who immigrated from the North

and the East Coast of the United States. Both sets of influxes reflect the impact of these two

immigrant groups on the previously existing power structures in economics, politics, and society

of the city. While the refugees from Saint Domingue more or less assimilated into the city, and in doing so, achieved power over the native Creoles, primarily in the area of social

sophistication, the Americans with their more blunt approach to business and politics tended to

wrest power from the Creoles by a superior, or at least more effective, business acumen. The

landscape generated by the social, political and economic activities and conflicts of the first half of the nineteenth century are apparent in New Orleans today. A number of the buildings built

during the period are still present. For example on the 400 block of Royal Street, the old

Louisiana State Bank building still has the initials “LSB” in the ironwork of the balcony and

Brennan’s Restaurant now occupies the old Banque de la Louisiane, but the St. Louis Hotel has

been replaced by the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. The Thirteen Sisters is home to a number of art

galleries and host to the annual White Linen Night in early August, and social rivalry is

maintained by the annual Dirty Linen Night on Bourbon Street the following weekend.

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