Louisiana Institute of Higher Education
After the Battle of New Orleans, steamboats crowded the docks of the Creole City, bringing in bustling Americans who set up their enterprises here. It was an age of little travel, and the unworldly new arrivals were astonished to find a culture in New Orleans that was neither American nor European, and a population with very different ideas from theirs regarding children, race, marriage, privacy, intimacy, business management, charity, medicine---even what constituted good manners. Dr. Vella will describe the surprises that both sides experienced when Americans and Creoles learned to live together.
Christina Vella received her Ph.D. in modern European and U.S. history from Tulane University, where she is a Visiting Professor in the MLA graduate program. A consultant for the U.S. State Department for many years, she is the author of five books, including Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness de Pontalba, and her latest biography, George Washington Carver: A Life, published in late 2015.