Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color / Edition 1

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Who are the Creoles? The answer is not clear-cut. Of European, African, or Caribbean mixed descent, they are a people of color and Francophone dialect native to south Louisiana; and though their history dates from the late 1600s, they have been sorely neglected in the literature. Creole is a project that both defines and celebrates this ethnic identity. In fifteen essays, writers intimately involved with their subject explore the vibrant yet understudied culture of the Creole people across time — their language, literature, religion, art, food, music, folklore, professions, customs, and social barriers.

"Multicultural before there was a name, racially constructed before there was a theory, international before there was a discourse, Louisiana's Creoles have much to teach us about the specific history and production of a remarkable people as well as about the larger, overarching, fluid, and complicated issues of culture, nation, and race. This extraordinary interdisciplinary collection, wide-ranging yet judiciously focused, is a powerful and necessary addition to the twenty-first century studies of race and culture." — Thadious M. Davis, author of Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region, and Literature

"Conservative or liberal, black, white, or griffe, all Louisianians should find this book a fascinating read — an insight into the complicated political and social battles that shaped our state's history and still affect our society today." — New Orleans Magazine

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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
  • 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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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