This Classroom Blog features entries focusing very roughly on the history of New Orleans – from the colonial era to Katrina. The entries are designed by undergraduate students from the University of Kassel and are embedded in a class entitled “New Orleans – The Accidental City”. Students may choose to publish either in English or German.

Throughout its history, the city of New Orleans has been labeled in many ways, most famously “The Crescent City” or “The City that Care Forgot”. Most recently, historian Lawrence N. Powell described New Orleans as the “Accidental City”. Taking these different labelings of the city as a starting point, the students explored the history of New Orleans – taking categories of analysis such class, race, and gender into account.

The Blog Entries are organized within four different Categories: Reviews, Sources, Lesson Plans, and Glossary. To find out more about these Categories see the Menu. To read the respective Blog Entries click on the buttons at the Categories section.