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‘Defending Jackson’s Ramparts’: The Political and Cultural Struggle of Preserving the Battle of New Orleans Historic Site

Author(s): Joseph Stoltz

Year: 2017

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In 1815, Andrew Jackson and the soldiers in his army defended a narrow strip of land along the Mississippi River in a desperate attempt to keep the British out of New Orleans.  More than one hundred years later, Jackson’s ramparts were again under assault, but this time by land developers interested in the valuable river front property.  

In "Defending Jackson’s Ramparts," I examine the efforts of the Daughters of the War of 1812, the U.S. War Department, and the U.S. National Park service to secure major portions of the Battle of New Orleans historic site from 1915 to 1965. Doing so involved combating for-profit corporate interests, developing a heritage tourism apparatus, and the displacement of an entire African-American community during the Jim Crow South.  This story offers a nuanced glimpse into what is often depicted as a bipolar struggle between corporate greed and historic preservation.


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‘Defending Jackson’s Ramparts’: The Political and Cultural Struggle of Preserving the Battle of New Orleans Historic Site. Joseph Stoltz. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435698)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 518

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America