This Week in Louisiana History

On Aug. 22, 1787, U.S. General James Wilkinson, the man who, along with William C.C. Claiborne, received Louisiana from the French, signed a document transferring his loyalty to Spain. He led a double life for decades after, being paid by the Spanish for information while promoting himself within the emerging U.S. military and political establishment to become the ranking general. By making himself indispensable to his superiors with a combination of charm, diplomacy and deceit, Wilkinson rose to the rank of general at the age of 20 during the Revolutionary War. He left military life in 1781 and moved … Continue reading →

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History Hiatus

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Molly Manson

Dear Readers, We're pressing pause on "This Week in Louisiana History" for the time being. We hope to bring the feature back at the beginning of the school year. Please, take this opportunity to tell us what you have liked about the feature and what you would like changed. Perhaps you have a topic you would like us to address. Let us hear from you!

Who cares about the seemingly insignificant?

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Molly Manson

The Baton Rouge bus boycott offers several topics for discussion or writing. Here are just a few that come to mind. If you have others, please share them in the comment section below.

Horatio Thompson was a business owner who did what he could to help the boycott effort. He sold gas at cost to those who were using their personal vehicles to give people rides. He is not remembered in the textbooks, but he played a crucial role. Can you find an example of someone who did something that mattered, but who isn't remembered by many people?

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