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Bayou Dilemma - Louisiana in Crisis and Change

Bayou Dilemma

Louisiana in Crisis and Change

Edited by Samuel C. Hyde Jr.
Series: America's Third Coast Series

Hardcover : 9781496853776, 240 pages, 10 b&w illustrations, November 2024
Paperback : 9781496853783, 240 pages, 10 b&w illustrations, November 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-11-15
Expected to ship: 2024-11-15

Powerful perspectives on the historical and present-day challenges facing the state of Louisiana


Contributions by Janet Allured, Craig E. Colten, Marcus Cox, Pearson Cross, John Bel Edwards, Adam Fairclough, Keith Finley, Samuel C. Hyde Jr., John Lopez, and Robert Mann

In the fall of 2022, a diverse group of scholars including scientists, historians, political scientists, geographers, and journalists, along with Governor John Bel Edwards, gathered to present views on the challenges that define life in Louisiana. Born out of the symposium, Bayou Dilemma: Louisiana in Crisis and Change is an unprecedented compilation that examines the social, political, environmental, and economic hurdles pervasive to the Gulf South and especially the Bayou State.

The essays collected in the volume illuminate pressing problems confronting Louisiana and its surrounding environs, as well as some of the least known and most frequently misunderstood issues that have affected the state in the past. Topics include the problems of flood control, unequal treatment for African Americans and women, political corruption, endemic violence, and partisan applications of justice, as well as the crisis of coastal erosion, the dilemma of special interests shaping legislation, and the corresponding drain of talent from the state to regions offering improved opportunities. The anthology is a provocative and essential guide that reveals how such trials emerged, how they were overcome or managed, and how they continue to shape the Gulf South’s regional identity. Concentrating on the future well-being of the state and its occupants, the volume suggests fresh pathways for addressing these lingering concerns.


"A thoughtful, highly readable analysis of contemporary Louisiana. The powerful essay by Governor John Bel Edwards begins a series of chapters from well-known experts that inform, analyze, and in some cases provoke any reader who cares about Louisiana."

- T. Wayne Parent, professor emeritus of political science at Louisiana State University