Creoles of Color in the Bayou Country by Carl A. Brasseaux, Claude F. Oubre, Keith P. Fontenot |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Creoles of Color in the Bayou Country

Creoles of Color in the Bayou Country

by Carl A. Brasseaux, Claude F. Oubre, Keith P. Fontenot
     
 

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Creoles of Color are rightfully among the first families of southwestern Louisiana. Yet in both antebellum and postbellum periods they remained a people considered apart from the rest of the population. Historians, demographers, sociologists, and anthropologists have given them only scant attention.

This probing book, focused on the mid-eighteenth to the early

Overview

Creoles of Color are rightfully among the first families of southwestern Louisiana. Yet in both antebellum and postbellum periods they remained a people considered apart from the rest of the population. Historians, demographers, sociologists, and anthropologists have given them only scant attention.

This probing book, focused on the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, is the first to scrutinize this multiracial group through a close study of primary resource materials.

During the antebellum period they were excluded from the state’s three-tiered society—white, free people of color, and slaves. Yet Creoles of Color were a dynamic component in the region’s economy, for they were self-compelled in efforts to become an integral part of the community. Though not accepted by white society, they were unwilling to be classified as black. Imitating their white neighbors, many were Catholic, spoke the French language, and owned slaves. After the Civil War some Creoles of Color, being light-skinned, passed for white. Others relocated to safe agricultural enclaves, becoming even more clannish and isolated from general society.

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Examines South Louisiana's multiracial society and the contributions of Creoles of Color to the region's economy, focusing on the mid-18th to the early 20th centuries. Discusses antebellum economic, social, and legal realities, class and cultural orientation, and the Creoles' progressive isolation after the Civil War. Appendices document civil suits and transactions involving Creoles of Color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878059492
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author


Carl A. Brasseaux, a history professor at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, is the author of Acadian to Cajun: Transformation of a People 1803–1877 (University Press of Mississippi).

Claude F. Oubre is a professor of history and political science at Louisiana State University at Eunice.

Keith P. Fontenot is an archivist at St. Landry Parish Clerk of Courts, 27th Judicial District, Opelousas, Louisiana.

Clifton Carmen is a leading member of Southwestern Louisiana’s Creoles of Color community.

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