Music Industry Studies Instructor Lo Faber publishes his first book on New Orleans and the transformation of early America

Lo Faber, former professor of history and currently professor of music industry studies, has published his first book, Building the Land of Dreams: New Orleans and the Transformation of Early America with Princeton University Press. There will be a signing event at Octavia Books on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

In his book, Professor Faber tells the vivid story of how American rule forced New Orleans through a vast transition: from the ordered colonial world of hierarchy and subordination to the fluid, unpredictable chaos of democratic capitalism. The change in authority, from imperial Spain to Jeffersonian America, transformed everything. As the city’s diverse people struggled over the terms of the transition, they built the foundations of a dynamic, contentious hybrid metropolis. Faber describes the vital individuals who played a role in New Orleans history: from the wealthy creole planters who dreaded the influx of revolutionary ideas, to the American arrivistes who combined idealistic visions of a new republican society with selfish dreams of quick plantation fortunes, to Thomas Jefferson himself, whose powerful democratic vision for Louisiana eventually conflicted with his equally strong sense of realpolitik and desire to strengthen the American union.

Faber teaches history and music industry studies at Loyola. Previously, he spent twelve years leading the New York-based rock band God Street Wine. He blogs on New Orleans history and other topics at www.crescentcityconfidential.com.

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