History professors Samuel Hyde and his wife Sarah have combined their talents on Rebel Bayou, a historical work.
Samuel Hyde is the Leon Ford Endowed Chair at Southeastern Louisiana University, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. Sarah Hyde teaches at River Parishes Community College.
Samuel Hyde said the book, published by the University of Louisiana Press, seeks to shed light on the troubled and fascinating history of post-Civil War Southeast Louisiana and the surrounding area.
“By the mid-18th century, residents of the Florida Parishes, including Ready Wright’s family, had endured decades of instability. This community has weathered multiple national overlords, popular uprisings, the horrific Civil War, and savage night riders determined to continue the violence, desperate for peace and some semblance of unity, the book’s synopsis states: “Playing from New Orleans to Mobile to Pensacola.” the challenges of life in the post-Civil War Gulf South, replete with voodoo and other distinctive features of the region Dramatic fashion as Ready and his loved ones face a world fraught with risk to find an elusive peace. “
“For years, people have asked us to create a book that tells the history of this region in an easy-to-read format,” said Samuel Hyde. “This book offers an exciting insight into the dramatic history of our development and the adjacent regions of the Gulf to the south, without the statistical analysis of our non-fiction books.”
“The book aims to entertain as well as educate,” said Sarah Hyde. “The story stretches from the communities of Florida to Mobile to the Pensacola area. History buffs throughout Louisiana and the entire southern Gulf will find the story captivating and thought provoking.”
Rebel Bayou is out Tuesday. The book launch, including a book signing, is scheduled for Friday, November 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cavalier House Booksellers, 100 N. Range Ave., Denham Springs. A second book book will be held on Saturday, November 19 at Bayou Booksellers, 201 W. Thomas St., Hammond in conjunction with the downtown Starry Day and Night Celebration. The Hydes sign books from 12:30pm to 2:00pm