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America's Louisiana Purchase: Noble Bargain, Difficult Journey (2007)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-09-16

Duration: 00:27:11

Subjects: History | LOUISIANA PURCHASE | MISSISSIPPI RIVER | Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) | New Orleans, Battle of, New Orleans, La., 1815 | Native Americans | Slavery | Civil War


  • Chapoy, Andre Narrator
  • LaBauve, Randy Producer
  • Ambrose, Stephen Interviewee
  • Hyde, Sam Interviewee
  • Cummins, Light Townsend Interviewee
  • Vella, Christina Interviewee
  • Guidry, Carl J. Interviewee
  • Kastor, Peter J. Interviewee
  • Fernandez, Mark F. Interviewee
  • Kukla, Jon Interviewee
  • Conrad, Glenn R. Interviewee
  • Cassimere, Raphael, Jr. Interviewee


This documentary from 2007 explores the environment leading up to the Louisiana Purchase and the complex conditions it created for America as it struggled to become a burgeoning world power. It covers: the importance of the Mississippi River; Napoleon Bonaparte’s decision to sell the Louisiana territory; the signing of the Louisiana Purchase; the Lewis and Clark Expedition; the Battle of New Orleans; the forced relocation of Native Americans; slavery; the American Civil War; and westward expansion.