Social issues have & continue to affect the way Mardi Gras is celebrated. "The New Orleans Republican," (1867-1878) is the newspaper that issued royal edicts to announce Rex, "King of Carnival." The paper began during Reconstruction when New Orleans struggled to find its place in a new post-slavery society. During the World Wars, foreign traditions were seen as unpatriotic-- including Courir de Mardi Gras celebrations. While the celebrations did not stop completely, some places did stop for a few years. Mamou was the first recorded town to resume the Courir Mardi Gras in 1955.