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Southern Hospitality


Hospitality: a tradition in the American South. The Mississippi River was the Internet of its day. Travel up the river from New Orleans helped spread genteel society throughout the region and into cities like St. Louis. For instance, the term belle of the ballcomes from the French word for beautiful. Balls, a New Orleans tradition since 1718, would become the height of ante-bellum fashion. Fictional Scarlett O-Hara would be remembered as a Southern Bellelong after this era passed.

Rich details of Louisianas high lifeincluding the fleur de lis would become part of respectable society everywhere. Grand hotels would fold their napkins into a fleur de lis design that was introduced at the St. Louis Hotel in the French Quarter and perfected at the St. Charles Hotel in the American District.