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FLORIDA PARISHES DOCUMENTARY –
C. Hyde Jr., director of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Center for
Southeast Louisiana Studies, center; assistant director Charles Elliott,
left, and television producer L.E. Wallace look over some of the maps and
documents that were used in the documentary “Louisiana’s Florida Parishes:
Securing the Good Life from a Troubled Land,” which will air on Louisiana
Public Broadcasting at 4 p.m., Sunday, November 24.
SOUTHEASTERN DOCUMENTARY TO AIR ON LPB
HAMMOND -- The turbulent and
frequently neglected history of Louisiana’s Florida Parishes is the
subject of a new documentary, “Louisiana’s Florida Parishes: Securing the
Good Life from a Troubled Land,” that will air at 4 p.m., Sunday, November
24 on Louisiana Public Broadcasting stations.
The 30-minute documentary produced
by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Center for Southeastern Louisiana
Studies, was co-written and directed by center Director Samuel C. Hyde
Jr., and Assistant Director Charles Elliott. It was filmed by L.E.
Wallace Productions and mixed by Kirk Lee at Vivid Video Studies.
Hyde, who holds Southeastern’s
Ford Chair in Region Studies, said the film offers a spirited narrative,
period music, maps and illustrations, scholarly interviews and live-action
recreations to trace the Florida Parishes’ distinctive development from
the exploration of Bayou Manchac by the French in 1699, to the area’s current
position as one of the fastest-growing region of the state.
“The film discloses historical
events as perilous as they are fascinating,” he said.
Hyde said that while the
Florida Parishes is home “to arguably the most distinctive and turbulent
course of development anywhere in the Gulf South,” the region “has been
curiously overlooked in the annals of popular history.”
“Possessing strategic geography
and abundant natural resources, southeast Louisiana attracted every major
colonial power penetrating the North American wilderness,” Hyde said. “The
only part of the state not included in the original Louisiana Purchase,
the Florida Parishes evolved into a place whose people shaped their own
destiny through an armed insurrection overthrowing the existing government
and establishing the original ‘Lone Star Republic.’
“Successive occupations by European
and American forces created shifting loyalties that contributed to a regional
culture of violence that produced some of the fiercest blood feuds in American
history,” Hyde said.
“Louisiana’s Florida Parishes:
Securing the Good Life from a Troubled Land” will also be aired on LPB’s
Instructional Television and made available to teachers, librarians, tourist
development agencies and the general public.
For more information on the film
and its programming, contact Louisiana Public Broadcasting (225) 767-4453
or the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies (985) 549-2151.
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