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Arriving from France in the Spring of 1831 on a mission to learn about America and its unique new government, a young Alexis de Tocqueville a€“ future world renowned writer and philosopher a€“ found many things to excite and inspire him, especially in its third largest city, New Orleans. At the time, the Crescent City was the most wide open of Americaa€™s cities. It was a thriving melting pot teaming with creativity, intrigue, and heavy on personality. Blood was shed nearly every day beneath the huge spreading oaks of City Park. When war came, New Orleans assumed the mantle of largest city in the Confederacy and the Uniona€™s Number One Military Target. Secretly accompanying Tocqueville to America was his brother, Hippolyte. In December of 1831, the two accidently separated, never to see each other again. Alexis returned to France and fame as a world renowned social commentator, Hippolyte stayed on in America and accomplished even more in his own way. This is Hippolytea€™s story. It is also the story of Abraham Lincoln, steamboating, the pirate Jean Lafitte, a slave named Tom Armstrong, a host of other famous American heroes, of the birth of technology, and of Americaa€™s Civil War. It is also the story of Longfellow, Louisiana, Huey Long, and a love affair so intense it is commemorated in one of Americaa€™s most famous pieces of classic literature.When he was assured the air of Baton Rouge was very unhealthy for Yankee soldiers at night, he promised very ... But I notice none of them dare set their feet on terra firma, except the same officer who has now called three times on the Mayor, anbsp;...

Author: Ken Hinrichs
Publisher:iUniverse - 2013-06-13

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