Dispatches from the End of the World

Dispatches from the End of the World: Fieldnotes and Life Histories from the Lower East Bank of Plaquemines Parish

Commonly referred to as the “end of the world,” or at least the end of the road, the communities alongside the last 20 miles of the eastern Mississippi River levee in Plaquemines Parish trace their roots to Native Americans, European settlers and enslaved Africans – ancestors who worked on and lived off the abundance of the coastal waters and lands for generations.

Interviews selected for this collection address several key issues for the coastal communities of Phoenix, Davant, Pointe a la Hache and Bohemia, including: community culture, racial issues, oyster fishing, hurricanes and flooding, coastal land loss and adaptation to environmental change. Each interview contains a full transcript with an introductory statement that summarizes major topics covered in the interview along with an audio file of the interview. There are also key terms reflecting topics and geographic scope to aid researchers in navigating interviews for specific content.

This project was funded by a 2017 Rebirth Grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Detailed Project Description from the Principal Investigator


Clarence Brocks Introduction
Clarence Brocks Interview Transcript
Clarence Brocks Interview Recording

Gary Barthelemy Introduction
Gary Barthelemy Transcript
Gary Barthelemy Interview Recording

John Barthelemy Introduction
John Barthelemy Transcript
John Barthelemy Interview Recording