Southern belles
Teachers and students have been contacting me about using my webpage as a reference and there has been a question of the legitimacy of it.  I only deal with facts and proper documentation in all my research. I was lucky enough to find some first-hand accounts from my southern ancestors as well.  

My qualifications are as follows: 
⚜ B.A. History
⚜ Graduate Student
⚜ Published Researcher for over 25 years
⚜ Expert in Louisiana and Mississippi History
⚜ Avid Book Collector

I hope this will satisfy the requirement for a reference for any part of my southern belle webpage. I am also open to any questions that anyone may have on a certain subject, please feel free to contact me.

Here is a small portion of my personal book collection that I have collected over the last 30 years divided into categories. All of these books are recommended!

Subject: Children’s Coloring Books

  • Fashions of the Old South Coloring Book by Tom Tierney.  2004
  • Historic Natchez Homes Coloring Book by Joseph Arrigo,  1997
  • The Louisiana Plantation Coloring Book by Cecilia Cosrill Dartez and Joseph A. Arrigo.  2001
  • Steamboats on the River Coloring Book by Joseph Arrigo.  1997

Subject: Culture

  • A Southern Belle Primer, Or, Why Princess Margaret Will Never Be A Kappa Kappa Gamma by Marylyn Schwartz.  1991
  • The Birth of a Nation by Robert Lang and David Wark Griffith.  1994
  • Cajun Folktales by J. J. Reneaux.  1995
  • Emily Post’s Etiquette Peggy Post by William Morrow.  1997
  • Emily Post’s The Gift of Good Manners by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning.  2002

Subject: Electronic Books

  • Avirett, James Battle.  The Old Plantation: How We Lived in Great House and Cabin Before the War. 1901
  • Beeton, Mrs. Isabella.  The book of household management : comprising information for the mistress, housekeeper, cook, kitchen-maid, butler, footman, coachman, valet, upper and under house maids, lady’s-maid, maid-of-all-work, laundry-maid, nurse and nurse-maid, monthly, wet, and sick nurses, etc. etc. : also, sanitary, medical, and legal memoranda : with a history of the origin, properties, and uses of all things connected with home life and comfort.  1866
  • Bailey, Ebenezer.  The Young Ladies Class Book: A Selection of Lessons for Reading, in Prose and Verse.  1835
  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi Vol. 1.  1891
  • Burwell, Letitia M.  A Girl’s Life in Virginia Before the War. 1895
  • Burton, Annie L. Memories of Childhood’s Slavery Days.  1909
  • Claiborne, J.F.H.  Mississippi, as a Province, Territory, and State: With Biographical Notices of Eminent Citizens [1880]
  • Cobb, Joseph B.  Mississippi Scenes of Southern and Western Life and Adventure, Humorous, Satirical, and Descriptive, Including the Legend of Black Creek.  1851
  • Greg, Percy.   History of the United States from the Foundation of Virginia to the Reconstruction of the Union Vol 1 & 2.  1892
  • Heiskell, Samuel Gordon.  Andrew Jackson and Early Tennessee History. 1918
  • Jacobs, Harriet Ann. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.  1861
  • King, Grace.  Balcony Stories. 1914
  • King, Grace.  Creole Families of New Orleans Grace.  1921
  • King, Grace.  De Soto and His Men in the Land of Florida. 1914
  • King, Grace.  Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur De Bienville.  1893
  • King, Grace.  New Orleans: The Place and the People.  1915
  • King, Grace.  Tales of a Time and Place.  1892
  • The Ladies Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners; or, Miss Leslie’s Behavior Book.  A Guide and Manal for Ladies.  1864
  • Lowry, Robert.  State History Series: A History of Mississippi for use in schools.  1892
  • Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society Vol. 6.  1902
  • Randolph, J.W.  Anticipations of the Future to serve as Lessons for the Present Time: In the Form of Extracts of Letters from an English Resident in the United States, to the London Time, from 1864-1870. With an Appendix on the Causes and Consequences of the Independence of the South.  1860
  • Report for a Recommended Route for the Great River Road (Mississippi River Parkway) through the State of Louisiana. (A distance of approximately 431 miles) 1959
  • Ruffin, Edmund.  The Political Economy of Slavery; or the Institution Considered in Regard to Its Influence on Public Wealth and the General Welfare.  1840s
  • Russel, William Howard.  My Diary North and South. 1863
  • Sandford, Mrs. Johns. Women in Her Social and Domestic Character.  1831
  • Women As She Is, and As She Should Be Vol. 1.  1835
Plantation Homes of Louisiana and the Natchez Area by David K. Gleason.  (1982)
Canal Street and Beyond (2003) & The Life, Family, and Legacy of Julien Poydras by Costello (2001)

Subject: Southern History

  • Along the River Road: Past and Present on Louisiana’s Historic Byway by Mary Ann Stenberg.  2013
  • The Basilica on Jackson Square by Leonard Huber.  1999
  • Beauvoir: A Walk Through History by James Thompson.  2019
  • Buddy Stall’s French Quarter Montage by Buddy J. Stall.  2006
  • Buddy Stall’s Louisiana Potpourri by Buddy J. Stall.  1992
  • The Building of Longwood by Ina May McAdams.  1972
  • Canal Street and Beyond by Brian Costello.  2003
  • Civil War Curiosities: Strange Stories, Oddities, Events, and Coincidences by Webb Garrison. 1994
  • The Civil War: State by State by Chester G. Hearn.  2011
  • The Confederate Nation by Emory M. Thomas.  2011
  • Confederate Visions by Ian Binnington.  2013
  • Defending the Southern Confederacy by Robert Catlett Cave.  2001
  • A Devil of a Whipping by Lawrence E. Babits.  1998
  • The Devil’s Backbone by Kim Wozencraft, James Babb, and Jonathan Daniels.  1990
  • The Diary of Edmund Ruffin   by Edmund Ruffin.  1989
  • The Education of the Southern Belle by Christie Anne Farnham.  1994
  • The Fire-Eaters by Eric H. Walther.  199
  • Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children by John Chase.  2001
  • The Hermitage: Home of Andrew Jackson by Charles Phillips.  1997
  • Historic Natchez City Cemetery by Donald Estes and Zelda Millstein.  2014
  • The Historic Natchez Tableaux by Pilgrimage Historical Association.  2012
  • Lee Bailey’s Southern Food & Plantation Houses by Lee Bailey.  1990
  • The Legend of Longwood by Margaret Hendrix.  1972
  • Louisiana & Mississippi Plantation Cookbook by Bobby Potts.  1995
  • Lost Mansions of Mississippi  by Mary Carol Miller.  1996
  • Louisiana’s Plantation Homes by Dick Dietrich and Joseph A. Arrigo.  1991
  • Mardi Gras Treasures by Henri Schindler.  2000
  • Marvelous Old Mansions by Sylvia Higginbotham.  2000
  • Memoirs of My Life by Pierre Clement de Laussat.  2002
  • Memories of the Old Plantation Home by Laura Locoul Gore, Norman Marmillion, and Sand Marmillion.  2000
  • The Mississippi Steamboat Era in Historic Photographs by Joan W. Gandy and Thomas H. Gandy.  1987
  • Mississippi, as a Province, Territory, and State: With Biographical Notices of Eminent Citizens [1880 ] by J.F.H. Claiborne.  1880
  • Natchez of Long Ago and The Pilgrimage by Katherine Grafton Miller.  1938
  • Natchez on the Mississippi: Official Guidebook by Natchez Pilgrimage Tours.  2000
  • Natchez on the Mississippi by Harnett Thomas Kane.  2012
  • The Natchez Trace: A Pictorial History by James A. Crutchfield.  2011
  • New Orleans Carnival Krewes by Rosary O’Neill.  2014
  • New Orleans Then And Now by Sharon Keating.  2017
  • Old Louisiana Plantations and Family Trees, Volume #2 by Herman de Bachelle Seebold.  1941
  • Plantation Homes of Louisiana and the Natchez Area by David K. Gleason.  1982
  • Plantation Houses and Mansions of the Old South by Joseph Frazer Smith.  1941
  • Rousing Songs And True Tales Of The Civil War by Wayne Erbsen. 1999
  • Southern Honor by Bertram Wyatt Brown.  2007
  • Southern Plantations by Robin Lattimore.  2012
  • A Special House: James K. Polk House by Betty Elder.  2004
  • Waverly: Memories of a Mississippi Plantation by Heath Childs.  2000
  • Your Mississippi by John Bettersworth.  1975
The Natchez Trace: A Pictorial History by Crutchfield (2011); Natchez on the Mississippi by Kane (2012); Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway by Tim & Taryn Jackson (2020); and The Devil’s Backbone by Wozencraft, Babb, and Daniels (1990).
Lee Bailey’s Southern Food & Plantation Houses by Bailey (1990) & River Road Plantation Country Cookbook by Butler (2010)

Subject: Cookbooks

  • The Cotton Country Collection by The Junior League of Monroe Cookbook.  1972
  • Lee Bailey’s Southern Food & Plantation Houses by Lee Bailey.  1990
  • Recipes from Rosalie by Unknown. 1940
  • River Road Plantation Country Cookbook by Anne Butler.  2010
  • Southern Heritage Cakes Cookbook by Southern Living.  1983
  • Southern Living 1990 Annual Recipes by Southern Living.  1990
  • Southern Living 1991 Annual Recipes by Southern Living.  1991
  • Southern Living Cookbook by Southern Living.  1987
  • Southern Living Party Cookbook by Celia Marks.  1972
  • Southern Sideboards by Mississippi Junior League of Jackson.  1978

Louisiana & Mississippi Plantation Cookbook by Potts (1995)
Recipes from Rosalie (1940)

Subject: Historic Fashion

  • Fashions and Costumes from Godey’s Lady’s Book by Stella Blum.  1985
  • Fashions of the Old South by Tom Tierney.  1989
  • Godey’s Fashions by Dover Publications.  2005
  • Historic American Costumes and How to Make Them by Mary Evans.  2010
  • Historic Costume by Tom Tierney.  2004
  • Historic Costumes and How to Make Them by E. Shenton and Mary Fernald.  2006
  • The History of Underclothes by C. Willett and Phillis Cunnington.  1992
  • Late Victorian and Edwardian Fashions by Tom Tierney.  2005

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