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Posted December 15, 2001
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 The only reason I do not rate this as an outstanding historical reference is because of the many passages in French and/or Creole that do not have an accompanying Englih translation.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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