New Books in the American South: Interview with Jason Berry

With Emily Ruth Allen | New Books Network

In City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), Jason Berry delivers a history of New Orleans at its tricentennial. Beyond its ancient streets, jazz, and Carnival lies a richer, more textured New Orleans than anyone imagined. Berry spotlights the tension between a culture of spectacle, rooted in African burial dances, and a city of laws anchored in white supremacy. Discussing how culture and law grind against each other, the narrative is a parade of New Orleanians faced with these tensions.

Learn more about the forthcoming documentary City of a Million Dreams here.

Jason Berry is an independent writer, documentary film producer, and journalist living in New Orleans.