Since it was first discovered by the Spanish in 1541, nine national flags have flown over Louisiana. Spain, France, Great Britain, and the United States each brandished them over the state in its colorful history. Beginning with the flag of Columbus and ending with the city flags of Shreveport and Slidell, Jeanne Frois introduces readers of all ages to the design of each flag and shows how each involves symbols relating to its particular history and culture.
Similar in format to Flags of Texas and Flags of Tennessee, Flags of Louisiana is an excellent means to teach students the history of the state. Ms. Frois tells the story behind the exchange of governmental power as well as the symbols of each flag. She even includes a list of heraldic definitions and general flag terminology. In addition, she includes a discussion of the art of flag making as well as the correct method to fold the United States flag. No doubt the chapter on flag design will encourage classes to create a flag for their own city or parish.
Jeanne Frois is the author of Louisianians All and coeditor of the Louisiana Almanac: 1995-96, both by Pelican.
Larry Pardue is the illustrator of The Flags of the Confederacy: An Illustrated History and The Flags of the Union: An Illustrated History. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
FLAGS OF LOUISIANA
By Jeanne Frois
Illustrated by Larry Pardue
96 pp. 5½ x 8½
Color and b/w illustrations