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*Read Book ß Lords of Misrule: Mardi Gras and the Politics of Race in New Orleans õ Mardi Gras remains one of the most distinctive features of New Orleans Although the city has celebrated Carnival since its days as a French and Spanish colonial outpost, the rituals familiar today were largely established in the Civil War era by a white male elite In fact, the men behind the masks on the parade floats and at the Mardi Gras balls have kept the spirit of the Confederacy alive They have put artistry and erudition into their Carnival displays while harboring a virulent racism that has led to violence and massacre Because the Mardi Gras organizations have remained secret societies, their role in the white supremacist cause has not been fully recorded, until now Lords of Misrule is the first book to explore the effects of Mardi Gras on the social and political development of New Orleans, the first to analyze recent attempts to end racial segregation within the organizations that stage the annual festivitiesThe history of Carnival is so intertwined with the A very informative read Complements New Orleans After the Promises well, especially in the later chapters covering Mardi Gras post WWII and leading up to the 1991 desegregation hearings for the Krewes. This is a very detailed book about race relations in New Orleans It begins with the history of classification of blacks by the amount of blood in their ancestry, but its primary focus is the discrimination against blacks, women, Jews, Italians, gays, and other minorities in the formation the krewes the secret social societies who gather at private clubs, choose kings and queens, host parties, and run the floats which make Mardi Gras so famous This books goes beyond the beads, the geaux c This is a very detailed book about race relations in New Orleans It begins with the history of classification of blacks by the amount of blood in their ancestry, but its primary focus is the discrimination against blacks, women, Jews, Italians, gays, and other minorities in the formation the krewes the secret social societies who gather at private clubs, choose kings and queens, host parties, and run the floats which make Mardi Gras so famous This books goes beyond the beads, the geaux cups, the revelry to look at the society involved and a 1992 city ordinance which dealt a severe blow to the status quo Rather than open their clubs to such undesirables some krewes, such as Comus and Rex decided not to participate, some after 150 years of doing so At times the book can be dry, but its message is important I spent several weeks in Mardi Gras festivities in the late 80 s and early 90 s, prior to this ordinance, and was politely informed that I was not invited to certain functions because I was Jewish I have not visited since but I would like to return someday So great Party because it s infused with British humor and partly because New Orleans politics is a dark comedy in itself, this book is a historical account written like a fiction novel It starts and ends with the early 90 s saga of NOLA City Councilwoman Dorothy Mae Taylor leading the crusade to finally and completely desegregate Mardi Gras In between is the background that makes the current situation make sense Gill is honest about feelings of the old line krewes being a bastion of close m So great Party because it s infused with British humor and partly because New Orleans politics is a dark comedy in itself, this book is a historical account written like a fiction novel It starts and ends with the early 90 s saga of NOLA City Councilwoman Dorothy Mae Taylor leading the crusade to finally and completely desegregate Mardi Gras In between is the background that makes the current situation make sense Gill is honest about feelings of the old line krewes being a bastion of close minded, elitist moderately bigoted businessmen He is also very quick to defend their right to social homogeneity Overall, it was a great read for someone who grew up knowing what was what, but not knowing why James Gill does not like to reference most of his facts Sometimes he describes something real wild with no indication if he made it up or not James Gill has clearly never taken an African American history class, nor even done much reading on race and politics at the time of the printing of the book So you kind of have to take everything with a grain of salt, and also know that this is a very on the surface look into the politics of race in New Orleans.That being said, the history of the found James Gill does not like to reference most of his facts Sometimes he describes something real wild with no indication if he made it up or not James Gill has clearly never taken an African American history class, nor even done much reading on race and politics at the time of the printing of the book So you kind of have to take everything with a grain of salt, and also know that this is a very on the surface look into the politics of race in New Orleans.That being said, the history of the founding krewes of New Orleans is fascinating, and for lack of a better option, I give this 3 stars