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Strange True Stories of Louisiana is George Washington Cable’s compilation of seven unusual, factual accounts of life and history in the area. They include tales of two French sisters who made the dangerous trek to the unsettled lands of north Louisiana at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Focusing on New Orleans, Cable adds the story of “The ‘Haunted House’ in Royal Street,” which spurs the imaginations of ghost hunters more than a century after its original writing. In the first published form, there is also a diary account from the Civil War of a Union woman trapped behind the battle lines.

A celebrated journalist of his time, George Washington Cable became best known for his writings from New Orleans during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was the author of numerous news pieces and books, including Old Creole Days and The Creoles of Louisiana, both published by Pelican.


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  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1117880508
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  • Publication Date: March 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJS2OS
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By PLAQUEMINE LOCK STATE HISTORIC SITE on August 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Seven unusual, true stories set in Louisiana comprise the reissue of George Washington Cable's STRANGE TRUE STORIES OF LOUISIANA. First published in 1888, these stories are a gold mine of cultural lore and historical facts. As interesting as the stories themselves are the accounts of how Cable acquired them.
"The Young Aunt with White Hair" is set in Spanish occupied Louisiana in 1782 and describes the horrors experienced by a young woman on the long journey to New Orleans from Germany: robbed by sailors on the ship; an Indian attack near the mouth of the Mississippi River, during which her husband and baby are brutally murdered; being held captive by Indians and told she was to be the chief's dinner. Her ordeal was so great that her hair turned snow white in a matter of hours, and she never recovered from the experience.
Humor and suspense make "The Two Sisters" just plain fun to read. Two teenage girls- one a tomboy and one a demure, sweet lady- undertake a dangerous trek across the Atchafalaya swamp to North Louisiana in 1795. It's not only a good story, but the details of clothing, places and people are priceless. "Plaquemine was composed of a church, two stores, as many drinking-shops, and about fifty cabins, one of which was the courthouse. Here lived a multitude of Catalans, Acadians, Negros and Indians. ..It was at Plaquemine that we bade adieu to the old Mississippi..
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Virgil Brown VINE VOICE on February 23, 2003
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As we traveled along Interstate 10 between New Orleans and "Red Baton," I mused about the girders which held the highway up out of the bayous. What must travel or life in general have been like in that part of Louisianna a century or so ago.
George Washington Cable first collected these seven stories about Louisianna and published them in 1888. He calls them true stories. They are stories from times before his own from 1782 to after the Civil War. At the same time these stories are strange to Cable because life had changed so much in Louisianna between the time that the stories occurred and his own time.
The stories start with the story of Louise who came to Louisianna and almost became the dinner of a local chief. This tragic tale is quickly followed by the "bright and happy" story of Francoise and Suzanne who travel through the "wilds" of Atchafalaya. Alix's story is next. She was once introduced to Marie Antoinette. Then the French Revolution came and Alix lost her first husband. She will be a character that I long admire but I ask you to read the story to see why. Salome Muller was a German who lost most of her family enroute to Louisianna. (Some 1200 of the 1800 who attempted to make that trip never arrived.) Salome became a slave. Yet some 20 years or so later her family took her case to the State Supreme Court to free her. The
"haunted house" is the house of Madame Lalaurie who chose to save her possessions rather than her slaves when a fire burned her house. The story of Attalie Brouillard reminds me of the con men of the movie "The Sting" with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The last story is a diary of a Union woman who lived in the South during the Civil War. To these I would like to add the story of George W Cable who begins his book by telling his readers how he got these other seven stories.
These are true stories from people who lived in Creole Louisianna, a time strange to us now.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Marsters on May 27, 2010
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As a fourth-generation Louisianian, I consider many of its true stories to be strange. It's a strange state, but one learns to love, or at least tolerate, some of its quirks. I found myself wishing that George W. Cable had written a much larger book because these stories are fascinating. The stories from the diaries of women who lived in early and Civil War Louisiana were the most intriguing. (In my opinion, Southern women's diaries have given history a much more feasible, human touch.) I now understand the Siege of Vicksburg because it was presented to us from the viewpoint of a civilian woman who lived through it. Cable is a trustworthy source of Louisiana-ana.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By joallisgrove on October 21, 2012
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The stories were interesting. I particularly enjoyed the story of the two young sisters in the late 1700's on the rivers and through the bayous on a flat boat with their father. I enjoyed the stories of exiles to Louisiana from the France during the revolution. I also enjoyed the story about the German woman who became a bond servant and then a slave. The trial to determine her race was an interesting insight to the levels of class and color distinction in Louisiana. The story of the woman and her husband during the civil war who were unionists and what they went through was also interesting. I found myself wondering why they stayed. I read it from beginning to end but I also like that it has a navigable table of contents.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diadem on August 26, 2010
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I have enjoyed reading the stories!

We need to remember though, that CONSERVATIVE meant the democratic party of that time, yes, democrats of old and 50 years ago were 'conservative' and they RULED the south from top to bottom! The reason I add this is that I find it fascinating how politics played in these stories back then.

Liberal meant the up and coming 'Lincoln republican' and conservative meant 'democrat'. Liberal in European countries still means FREEDOM and small government; We are the one's to have flipped the meaning, as here liberals mean a big, heavy handed, controlling government.

I will be visiting New Orleans soon when my husband returns for R&R from Kuwait. I also will be attending Loyola University; the online MSN program, and want to visit some historical sites! This book gives me some great ideas! Love it! Highly recommended!
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