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The word Creole evokes a richness rivaled only by the term's widespread misunderstanding. Now both aspects of this unique people and culture are given thorough, illuminating scrutiny in Creole, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary history of Louisiana's Creole population. Written by scholars, many of Creole descent, the volume wrangles with the stuff of legend and conjecture while fostering an appreciation for the Creole contribution to the American mosaic.

The collection opens with a historically relevant perspective found in Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson's 1916 piece "People of Color of Louisiana" and continues with contemporary writings: Joan M. Martin on the history of quadroon balls; Michel Fabre and Creole expatriates in France; Barbara Rosendale Duggal with a debiased view of Marie Laveau; Fehintola Mosadomi and the downtrodden roots of Creole grammar; Anthony G. Barthelemy on skin color and racism as an American legacy; Caroline Senter on Reconstruction poets of political vision; and much more. Violet Harrington Bryan, Lester Sullivan, Jennifer DeVere Brody, Sybil Kein, Mary Gehman, Arthi A. Anthony, and Mary L. Morton offer excellent commentary on topics that range from the lifestyles of free women of color in the nineteenth century to the Afro-Caribbean links to Creole cooking.

By exploring the vibrant yet marginalized culture of the Creole people across time, Creole goes far in diminishing past and present stereotypes of this exuberant segment of our society. A study that necessarily embraces issues of gender, race and color, class, and nationalism, it speaks to the tensions of an increasingly ethnically mixed mainstream America.

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Creole provides an invaluable history of Louisiana's Creole people, examining the ethnic roots of the Creoles and their mixed descent, analyzing their history and contributions, and helping define their ethnic heritage. From the use of Creole in language and literature to popular individuals of color, this provides a fine coverage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807126011
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 693,872
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Sybil Kein is a Creole scholar, writer, and singer. She has published five poetry collections and several CDs of Creole music, and her recorded poetry is housed in the National Archives. She is a distinguished professor of English emerita of the University of Michigan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2001

    Absolutely captivating!

    If you have an interest in the free people of color and their place in New Orleans history, then I highly recommend this book. It put into perspective how these people where treated and why many chose the paths in life they became famous for. I first chose to read this book in hopes of learning more about the lives of the infamous placees and their Quadroon balls. After reading this book I found out why they did what they did, not just the romantic notions preposed in novels set in the era. There are also many facts about early musicians of color that many people may not be aware of but will soon learn to admire. The only reason I do not rate this as an outstanding historical reference is because of the many passages in French and/or Creole that do not have an accompanying Englih translation. That not withstanding, I fully enjoyed reading the history of an almost forgotten people.

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