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Louisiana: History and Culture

These sites are about the history and various cultures of Louisiana. Learn about the different Native American tribes, the Creoles, the Cajuns, Mardi Gras, and each period of Louisiana’s history, including recent events such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP Gulf Oil Spill. Also, see the various state and national flags which have flown over the state and learn about Huey Long, Louisiana’s most famous politician. Includes photographs, videos, and other resources, as well as eThemes Resources on the Cajun and Zydeco Music of Southwestern Louisiana and the New Orleans Mardi Gras festival.


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This official site of the State of Louisiana includes information on its people and state symbols, quick facts, and a list of important dates. The site also includes links to the Louisiana State Museum, the State Library, and other government entities.
See pictures of the various flags that have flown over Louisiana. The site includes a timeline, brief histories, and images of the various national and Louisiana state flags.
This site provides brief descriptions of the Native American tribes of Louisiana. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Learn how Louisiana's Native Americans influenced the local culture in this brief essay.
Read about the Creole cultures of Louisiana from KnowLA, the Encyclopedia of Louisiana.
Learn about the history of the Acadian exiles who settled Southern Louisiana and became known as the Cajuns. This Web page links to a Cajun encyclopedia and other pages which detail the Cajun experience from the 18th-20th centuries.
Read about Mardi Gras and Carnival Time in Louisiana: from New Orleans to the Cajun prairies. This site features information on the Louisiana State Museum Mardi Gras exhibit, the history of the festival, Mardi Gras balls, parades, masks, and the rural traditions. NOTE: This site links to social networking sites.
Learn how the all of the various cultures of Louisiana influenced the state's cuisine from North Louisiana to New Orleans to Cajun Country. Attention is also given to German and East Asian influence on Louisiana's rich food tradition.
Learn about the Acadians, some of whom became the Cajuns of Louisiana, through Longfellow's poem "Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie."
Read about the period beginning with the Louisiana Purchase (1803) to statehood (1812) on the KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana website.
See artwork and other items from the Louisiana State Museum's collection that relate to the Battle of New Orleans as you read about the historic battle.
This article from the KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana allows students to explore the Antebellum period between Louisiana's statehood (1812) to its secession from the Union and joining of the Confederacy (1861). The site contains hypertext links, an image gallery, and list of suggested reading.
Learn about Louisiana's part in the American Civil War and some of the important battles through the collections of the Louisiana State Museum in the online web series "The Cabildo."
This Wep page by the KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana contains information on the Reconstruction period after the American Civil War. It also includes images and a suggested readings list.
Learn about the many hardships and inequality that African Americans in Louisiana faced under the Jim Crow system. Read about the rise of the Civil Rights Movement and the eventual downfall of Jim Crow.
This site by the Long Legacy Project tells of the life and times, programs, and legacy of Huey Long, the famous governor and US Senator of Louisiana. NOTE: The "Read and Share Stories" link leads to a message board.
Listen to this NPR All Things Considered broadcast about the little-known bus boycott in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1953 which was the first of its kind and which influenced other bus boycotts throughout the Jim Crow South and the American Civil Rights Movement. Click on "Listen" to hear the show. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Watch this hour-long program which originally aired on PBS and learn about Hurricane Katrina which almost destroyed the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
This site by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gives an overview of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on the state of Louisiana.
Learn about the BP Gulf Oil Spill and its impact on the Gulf of Mexico coastal regions through multimedia resources, lesson plans and activities, fact sheets, and worksheets provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Learn about the history of the two musical traditions of Southwest Louisiana: Cajun music and Zydeco. Also, learn the distinguishing features of each genre. Listen to both types of music on pre-recorded streaming broadcasts from National Public Radio and KRVS 88.7 Radio Acadie at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
These sites are about New Orleans's Mardi Gras festival. View a live shot of Bourbon Street or browse the many photographs showing the costumes and floats. Learn about the history of the parades and other fun facts.

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