|Mardis Gras in New Orleans|
|St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans|
|Jean Charles Houzeau|
La Tribune and its editors asserted their right to citizenship. The newspaper’s motto was “Political, Progressive and Commercial.” Its editorials called for the right to vote for Black people, civil rights for all citizens, and free, public education for all citizens. It attacked the serfdom labor policy of General Nathanial Banks, the federal officer in charge of the city’s occupation – demanding weekly wages for recently emancipated slaves – planned for economic development within the Black community, sought unity between the freed (meaning they were emancipated slaves) and free (meaning they were never slaves) in the Black community, and carried on a war against President Andrew Johnson’s policies (who had vetoed several bills which promoted civil rights for Black people) by sending copies of La Tribune to every member of Congress, on a regular basis.
|Major General Nathanial Banks|
|President Andrew Johnson|
Unfortunately, this success was short-lived, as differences between Charles Houzeau and Dr. Roudanez mounted.
During the Gubernatorial Election of 1868, Roudanez urged his readers to vote against the Republican Party because he felt its candidate, Henry Warmoth, was corrupt. After the election, the government pulled its financial support from the paper; and Dr. Roudanez spent approximately $35,000 from his personal savings to keep the paper going. Dr. Roudanez suspended publication in 1868, following Mr. Houzeau’s resignation. By March,1869, the paper had become a weekly, and continued to appear until sometime early in 1870. Ironically, history proved Dr. Roudanez to be correct about the Henry Warmoth, who was later impeached, for corruption.
He lived and worked at his home at 197 Customhouse (now Iberville) Street the remainder of his life. Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez died at his residence on
|Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King, 1955|
|Recipe as it Appears on the Envelope|
2 tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon table salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ¼ cup milk
⅓ cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon melted shortening (British friends, use Trex), or peanut or vegetable oil (more, as needed)
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