Slicing Through the Swamps

  • William R. Freudenburg
  • Robert Gramling
  • Shirley Laska
  • Kai T. Erikson


Any reference to the rich cultural stew that is southern Louisiana would be incomplete without taking note of the liquid in that stew. As folklorist Nicholas Spitzer points out, understanding southern Louisiana requires a deep knowledge of human relationships with water—specifically including the rich natural resources that can be found in a land that is “saturated,” not just in the sense of cultural diversity, but also literally. Particularly during the past few centuries, though, humans have done much to rearrange those saturated soils.i


Yellow Fever Appalachian Mountain Mississippi River Basin Port Facility Economic Elite 
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© William R. Freudenburg, Robert B. Gramling, Shirley B. Laska and Kai T. Erikson 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • William R. Freudenburg
    • 1
  • Robert Gramling
    • 2
  • Shirley Laska
    • 3
  • Kai T. Erikson
    • 4
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.University of Southwestern LouisianaLafayetteUSA
  3. 3.University of New OrleansNew OrleansUSA
  4. 4.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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