John Magill is a New Orleans historian with a seemingly never-ending knowledge of our city’s history. In this podcast, Magill traces the city’s population over the course of one century: from the early 1800s to the mid 1900s.
Magill discusses the waxing and waning of the city’s population that occurred over this ten-decade period. He also describes the various ethnic groups that contributed to these dynamic population shifts, and explains how these influxes of new residents influenced the city’s growth.
Finally, Magill explores the underlying reasons why people came to New Orleans, and he explains why other cities in the Southern United States eventually overtook New Orleans in population size.