13.3: Max and Grace’s excellent USA adventure: New Orleans street music + WW2 museum

This road trip from Washington DC across to the Mississippi, and finishing in New Orleans, was always going to be about music and food.

New Orleans celebrates roots and Americana, not only the obvious genres of jazz and blues. Street music performed for the joy of it (and tips please) is of course synonymous with the streets around Bourbon Street, out to the Jackson Square area. Of course it’s where the tourists are, but when streets are blocked off on a daily basis to enable music for the masses to happen, it has to be a good thing.

If you ever get there, take the time to stop, and celebrate the music.

And now for something completely different…

A little know fact is that a significant proportion of amphibious vessels used in WW2 were designed and built in New Orleans. And that Higgins Industries, who were largely the main source of military production in Louisiana, were ahead of the game when it came to equal opportunity of employment. No segregation.

“Andrew Jackson Higgins may have been a radical businessman back in those days. In addition to his business smarts, he understood the need for equality in the workplace. Higgins Industries broke the color barrier in New Orleans by employing people regardless of race. Whites, Blacks, men, women, seniors, and people with disabilities were paid equal wages. Production skyrocketed. Higgins Industries built more than 20,000 boats by the end of the war.”

 

Viewed at: http://blog.chron.com/traveler/2016/10/new-orleans-role-in-wwii-leads-to-national-wwii-museum/

So Max and I spent the afternoon at The National WW2 Museum in downtown New Orleans.

And a young boy who is curious about history, design, engineering, and so on, had a great time….

And Max also learned that while there is some shame in America about the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2…

…we made the same mistake in Australia, too.

We could confidently say that this hasn’t happened, and the reasons why are many. There is certainly no consensus or will throughout the world that believes in ‘the dignity of man.’

 

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