Southeastern professor's book delves into dangerous past


Monday, June 4, 2018Hyde book cover
by: Tonya Lowentritt 


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University Leon Ford Endowed Chair, Professor of History, and Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Samuel C. Hyde, Jr. has written a book titled “Pistols and Politics: Feuds, Factions, and the Struggle for Order in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes, 1810-1935.” The work is a followup to his book “Pistols and Politics: The Dilemma of Democracy in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes, 1810-1899.”
     A special book release and signing event for the new book is scheduled June 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at Bayou Booksellers, located at 201A West Thomas Street, in Hammond. The book is being released through LSU Press.
     The book reveals the reasons behind the remarkable levels of historical violence in Louisiana’s Florida parishes with a special emphasis on the near chaotic conditions prevailing in “Bloody Tangipahoa.”
     “The updated and expanded edition includes four new chapters that deftly bring the analysis forward to account for the continuation of violence and mayhem in the region in the early twentieth century,” Hyde said. “The new volume includes original analysis detailing why such conditions prevailed and why the regional population tolerated such levels of brutality. It closes with an epilogue that contrasts the peculiar pattern of development the region endured to the rest of the state and nation and offers an insightful formulation for a possible pathway to future stability.”
     The Journal of Southern History called the book “a model regional study with important though controversial significance for the wider historiography of the South.”
     Books will be available for purchase at the June 21 event. For more information, contact Bayou Booksellers at 985-542-1124 or visit

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