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

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

by Sybil Kein
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807142431
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
4 MB

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