Nick Weldon is an editor at The Historic New Orleans Collection, where he edited Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River by Richard Sexton in 2019 and materials for several major exhibitions. He was previously senior editor at Runner’s World and has written about a wide range of topics for other outlets.Receive 20% off all featured festival titles at Cavalier House Books using code LABOOKFEST through December 31, 2021.
Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana
with Brian K. Mitchell and Nick Weldon
(Ages 14 and up)
Monumental tells, for the first time, the incredible story of Oscar James Dunn, a New Orleanian born into slavery who became America’s first Black lieutenant governor and acting governor. A champion of universal suffrage, civil rights, and integrated public schools, Dunn fought for radical change during the early years of Reconstruction in Louisiana, a post–Civil War era rife with corruption, subterfuge, and violence.
A graphic history informed by newly discovered primary sources, Monumental resurrects, in vivid detail, Louisiana and New Orleans after the Civil War―and presents an iconic American life that never should have been forgotten. Contextual essays and a map and timeline add layers of depth to the narrative. Monumental is a story of determination, scandal, betrayal, and how one man’s principled fight for equality and justice may have cost him everything.
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