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By Carolyn Morrow Long

"Thanks to this writer's exhaustive, scrupulous, sincere study debunking the fake or questionable myths handed down in the course of the generations, we will now be convinced of what we all know and don't learn about Marie Laveau and her existence and occasions in nineteenth-century New Orleans."--Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

"The legend of Marie Laveau, New Orleans' Voudou Queen, has a compelling carry at the renowned mind's eye. Carolyn Morrow lengthy uncovers the attention-grabbing tale of the flesh-and-blood lady at the back of the legend and in so doing enriches our figuring out of existence in New Orleans within the 19th century."--Vaughan B. Baker, college of Louisiana, Lafayette

Against the backdrop of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New Orleans, a brand new Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and truth of Marie Laveau disentangles the advanced threads of the legend surrounding the recognized Voudou priestess. in line with mysterious, oft-told stories, Laveau used to be a rare famous person whose sorcery-fueled impact prolonged extensively from slaves to upper-class whites. a few bills declare that she led the "orgiastic" Voudou dances in Congo sq. and at the seashores of Lake Pontchartrain, stored a big snake named Zombi, and used to be the proprietress of an notorious apartment of assignation. even though mythical for an strange mix of religious strength, attractiveness, air of mystery, showmanship, intimidation, and intelligent company experience, she additionally was once identified for her kindness and charity, nursing yellow fever sufferers and ministering to condemned prisoners, and her devotion to the Roman Catholic Church. the genuine tale of Marie Laveau, although significantly much less flamboyant than the legend, is both compelling.

In keeping apart verifiable truth from semi-truths and whole fabrication, lengthy explores the original social, political, and criminal atmosphere within which the lives of Marie Laveau's African and eu ancestors grew to become intertwined. alterations in New Orleans engendered by way of French and Spanish rule, the Louisiana buy, the Civil conflict, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow segregation affected seven generations of Laveau's kinfolk, from enslaved great-grandparents of natural African blood to great-grandchildren who have been legally categorized as white. at the same time, lengthy examines the evolution of latest Orleans Voudou, which till lately has been overlooked by way of scholars.

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