Not So Friendly Neighbors: The Annexations of New Orleans

Senior Professor of Practice Richard Campanella


Location: Uptown Campus, Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University Uptown Campus

The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South welcomes you to "Not So Friendly Neighbors: How New Orleans Annexed Lafayette, Jefferson, Algiers, and Carrollton, 1852-1874", a lecture by Richard Campanella.

Today we think of the Irish Channel, Garden District, Central City, Uptown, and Carrollton as fundamental to New Orleans’ cityscape and culture. But there was a time when these areas were all separate cities in a different parish, each with its own governance, while Algiers lay within Orleans Parish but outside New Orleans city limits. The story of their annexations tends to get short shrift in our historiography, mentioned fleetingly as mere administrative adjustments which led to a bigger, better New Orleans and contented residents all around.

If only.

This illustrated lecture by Tulane geographer Richard Campanella explains the origins and development of these separate cities, and the political, economic, and racial tension behind their contentious annexations into New Orleans. It also ponders what the metropolis might look like today had things played out differently—including a Tulane University campus that would not be in New Orleans, but rather in Jefferson City.

Prof. Richard Campanella, a geographer with the Tulane School of Architecture and Monroe Fellow with the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South (Nola Gulf South), is the author of ten books and over 200 articles on New Orleans history, geography, and culture. The winner of two Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year awards, the Tulane Honors Professor of the Year Award, and The Historic New Orleans Collection's Williams Prize for Louisiana History, Campanella was also named Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms by the Government of France in 2016.

Reception to follow in Woodward Way.

This event is sponsored by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. For more information, please contact Regina Cairns at and 504-314-2854.

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