Samuel C. Hyde Jr.



Samuel C. Hyde Jr. is the Leon Ford Endowed Chair, Professor of History, and Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at SLU. He is the author or editor of books highlighting the history and cultures of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf South and scriptwriter/producer of docudrama films including the award-winning "American Crisis, American Shame: The National Consequences of Coastal Erosion." His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, History Channel, Discovery Channel, and the British Broadcasting Corporation.




2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 4
Book Talk
Pistols and Politics: Feuds, Factions, and the Struggle for Order in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Pistols and Politics: Feuds, Factions, and the Struggle for Order in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1810–1935 2nd Edition

Originally published in 1998, Samuel Hyde’s Pistols and Politics reveals the reasons behind the remarkable levels of violence in Louisiana’s Florida parishes in the nineteenth century. In the South that century, there existed numerous local pockets where cultures and values different from those of the dominant planter class prevailed. One such area was the Florida parishes of southeastern Louisiana, where peculiar conditions combined to create an enclave of white yeomen, and where in the years after the Civil War, levels of conflict among these men escalated to create a state of chronic anarchy, producing an enduring legacy of bitterness and suspicion. In his careful study of a society that degenerated into utter chaos, Hyde illuminated the factors that allowed these conditions to arise and triumph. In this expanded edition of Hyde’s original work, he deftly brings his analysis forward to account for the continuation of violence and mayhem in the region into the twentieth century.


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